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BLACK Gray sky. vast and immeasurable. So featureless it seems devoid of even an abstract perceptibility, it is as though the gray could be right in front of your face. It could be today, it could be a thousand years ago. Slowly fading in are the sounds of a commotion. Perhaps a bustling street corner, a marketplace, a mall. As the voices grow louder we realize we could be at a football game or some similar public forum. Voices. Some laughing. THEN A SCREAM, only a whistle, we are at a train station, perhaps? PAN DOWN TO REVEAL: Horizontal tangles of barbed wire creep up, followed by mcze of the same, until we come to a large, brick archway. Upon it is a sign: ARBEIT MACHT FRIE And then more gray. This in the form of German uniforms along side a train on the inbound for an unmistakable stop at what can only be a concentration camp. We will punctuate. TITLES: POLAND - 1943 The train grinds to a halt in the brown snow that smears the ground. Just beyond the railroad tracks are literally hundreds if not thousands of expatriated Jews bound for the inevitable. The doors to the car are flung open and the friendly talk and laughing of German soldier to German soldier gives way to the yelling. The words are not necessary. The language is not ours and the images say enough. Men, women and children are herded off the train like cattle toward a large open yard. There they huddle until the Germans begin to shout, and shove through the mob. A SINGULARLY PLEASANT LOOKING GERMAN walks into the arena, bringing near silence with him. He is an officer, in the impressive black sharpness of the SS. His face is warm and inviting. He smiles to the unfortunate "relocated" as he walks among them. Some even smile and allow themselves a moment of hope.
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The Pleasant German never wavers in his demeanor as he quietly speaks to the other soldiers. When he is done talking to them, they laugh loudly, happily; saluting him and going quickly to their work. It is deceptively promising, and some of the Jews begin to relax... smile. ANGLE ON: A LITTLE BOY. A boy who will not die this day. A boy who will live to see the end of the war and the world of the future. He smiles now too as the Pleasant German passes by him in the crowd and runs a gloved hand through the little boy's filthy hair. Nan and boy share a smile as though the war had never been. The boy looks up at HIS WORKIED PARENTS - a sturdy looking couple, who also relax, but none so much as to forget. Then the German is gone. And the screaming begins. The soldiers push their way through the mob using rifles as pikes, screaming and terrorizing the lot of them. Suddenly, it is clear what they are doing. They are dividing the mob into smaller groups. Soon, the groups themselves become evident. Men from women. Children from adults. The family tries to stay together, clinging to one another dearly, until finally, they are put upon by a number of gray uniforms and pulled apart.
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