INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK
by Mort Laitner
Sometimes an inspiring story is more than a feel-good tale.
Perhaps The Stairs is a wake up call for us today.
As a ten-year old child, he eavesdropped as his father told a harrowing story of almost being gassed to death by the Nazis. The boy sat in darkness at the top of the stairs, head pushed forward so he wouldn’t miss a word. His father sat with his friends in the living room below and spoke in his thick Germanic accent.
The child sat within a few yards of his father but totally out of his sight. If anyone started to climb the stairs, within a second he could escape to the safety of his bedroom. His father’s friends sat quietly and listened. Many had not seen him since before the war, but were fellow survivors with numbers tattooed on their arms and memories permanently burned into their brains. As invited guests, they allowed his father, the doctor, to speak first, never interrupting, too polite to ask questions. Perhaps they did not want to hear the answers, but he captured their minds with unimaginable horrors.
The child listened and memorized his father’s words as if he knew one day it would be his duty to pass them on. The child is now the man, Mort Laitner, who passes his father’s story on to all who care to listen.
This story is now published in
Tales2Inspire ~ The Sapphire Collection
Stories that Echo in the Mind