The latest Friday Fiction #36 asked for a 99 word story, based upon the following image:
Nurse with babies. Photo from Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-13429 / CC-BY-SA.
This week’s judge, Beth Peterson, wanted us to:
“[push] past the ordinary… putting aside the first thing that springs to mind (it’s almost always a cliche) or giving it such a twist as to realign ‘the usual’ completely…”
My first instinct, the thing that sprung to my mind when looking at the image, was “Child for Sale!” Certainly not a cliched response or ‘ordinary’, one would hope. However, this started me on a strange journey.
My second thought was: “Aren’t they lovely, but I couldn’t eat a whole one.” Again, rather disturbing, but I do have a dark sense of humour. However, something set alarm bells ringing about such a plot idea. I did some googling on eating babies and pretty soon hit on “Blood Libel”. What a great title, I thought for a few seconds. Then I did some background reading (see References), as I realised to use such a phrase would require me to know the issues. What surprised me wasn’t the Anti-Semitic propaganda, but how it is still happening as much as Holocaust denial. Could I do this topic? Should I do this topic?
Here is my answer, in 99 words:
“Ninety Nine Lives”
by Dr. Mike Reddy (@doctormikereddy) [99 words]
“…selling babies. See! They ate babies, you know.”
“No they didn’t, Father. We’ve discussed this. That’s ‘Blood libel’.”
“…ground them into flour for bread. Drank their blood like wine…!”
“No, Father, they didn’t. It was lies. You were told these lies to… help you cope with what you were ordered to do. Your pillow comfortable?”
“They pleaded at the end. Denied everything, of course, but orders were orders. ‘Nein! Nein!’ they would scream. It was all about the ‘Nein’s. I still hear them…”
“You’ve said, Father. Ninety Eight lives you’re responsible for destroying.”
Gallery to display anti-semitic art including (2003) award winning cartoon representing Ariel Sharon eating babies (2005)
Daily Kos modifies a Jaws poster with an ‘e’ and declares “Jews eat Babies” (2007)
Yahoo Answers asked “Why do Jews eat Christian babies?” (2011) told “Because they’re so delicious.” and “They need the protein.”
2013 Holocaust Memorial Day cartoon questioned for being Anti-Semitic: those agreeing and disagreeing
Uncyclopedia, the “content-free” parody of Wikipedia, entry on Yet another Jewish Trick, including Jewish eating babies, last modified May 31st 2013