"ENEMIES AND  LOVERS"

                                                                                    by

                                                                   ALEXANDER KIMEL






















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                                                                                                                                                                     1.


                                                        FADE IN

                                                                                SYNOPSIS


                                                                                Dietrich's brothers perish on the fronts, and he is the
                                                                                only surviving child. His mother is a sickly woman
                                                                                and his father begs him to be careful. He has to
                                                                                survive to take care of his mother.  Dietrich deserts
                                                                                the German Army.

                                                                                Rachel,  a Rabbi's daughter, jumps the death train, is
                                                                                wounded and consequently rescued by Dietrich. He
                                                                                carries her to his forest hideout in the forest and
                                                                                nurses her back to health.

                                                                                Dietrich, suffering from loneliness, falls in love with
                                                                                Rachel. It is a love without reciprocity. Rachel
                                                                                tormented by her conscience suffers a relapse.
                                                                                Dietrich, endangering his live,  goes to town to
                                                                                obtain medication for Rachel.  There he is ambushed
                                                                                and in a firefight he kills a German Policeman.

                                                                                Rachel joins a group of Jewish survivor that is trying
                                                                                to join Russian partisans.   Dietrich refuses to join
                                                                                them, declaring that he is a deserter but not a traitor.
                                                                                The Russian partisans reject the whole group and
                                                                                dejected Rachel returns to Dietrich's hideout.

                                                                                Their hideout  is attacked by the German Army. The
                                                                                lovers that couldn't live together decided to fight and
                                                                                die together. In the fight they both get wounded, but
                                                                                while Dietrich is taken to the hospital, Rachel is shot
                                                                                on the spot. The lovers that could not live together,
                                                                                could not die together.

                                                        LIST OF CHARACTERS:


                                                                                Dietrich, 24 years old male,  very honorable and
                                                                                dependable.

                                                                                Rachel, 22 years old, very attractive girl, strong willed.

                                                                                Joel, 25 years old,  a brash young man, self confident
                                                                                and poised.

                                                                                Arnold, about 28 years old, young man soft spoken
                                                                                and somehow shy.

                                                                                Philip, father of Dietrich, about 58 years old,
                                                                                conservative man.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                     2.


                                                                                Mother, of Dietrich, about 55 years old sickly woman.

                                                                                Mr. Bloch, about 45 years old, a successful
                                                                                businessman.

                                                                                Mrs. Bloch, about 40 years old wife of Mr. Bloch.

          1                                                                    SCENE 1 - HOMECOMING                                                                       1

                                                        SETTING:

                                                                                The Kitchen of the apartment of the parents of
                                                                                Dietrich. At the rear wall are located the appliance
                                                                                like the stove and the sink, surrounded with kitchen
                                                                                cabinets. at the rear right stands a old fashioned
                                                                                cupboard. On the rear right adjacent to the cupboard
                                                                                is an interior door leading toward the bed rooms.

                                                                                On the rear left there is an entry door and adjacent
                                                                                two small windows. Below the windows stands a
                                                                                reclining chair. In the center of the kitchen there is a
                                                                                dining table with four chairs with a lighting fixture
                                                                                hanging over the table.

                                                        TIME:

                                                                                Early part of March 1943.

                                                        AT RISE:

                                                                                The sun is shining through the windows, filling the
                                                                                room with warm rays. Philip (Father) sits in the chair
                                                                                reading a newspaper. On the sound of the ringing
                                                                                bell he gets up to open the door.

                                                                                Dietrich has been wounded in that battle for Smolensk,
                                                                                in Russia, and after the recuperation  he came home
                                                                                for a two weeks furlough.

                                                                                FATHER
                                              (cried out excited)
                    Dietrich is home. What a happy day. Come Mother, your son came home.

                                                                                Dietrich's mother comes rushing in to the room,
                                                                                crying happily.

                                                                                MOTHER
                    Dietrich, my son.  I am so happy to see you. So happy indeed. How are you?  Let me have
                    a look at you.

                                                                                MOTHER
                    We were so worried about your wounds. You recuperated fully. I am happy to see  it.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                     3.


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                                                                                She embraces and kisses him. Dietrich  looks over
                                                                                the room.  Nothing much has changed, although it is
                                                                                much lighter.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    How are you, Mother? How are you, Father?  I am so happy to see you. I am very happy.

                                                                                FATHER
                    We are like two old people, always waiting for good news. Unfortunately the letters that
                    we are getting are tragic.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                                              (changing the subject)
                    The room is the same as I left it, but somehow it has more light.

                                                                                FATHER.
                    Yes, some adjacent buildings took direct hits, and as a result, we have more light coming
                    in. This is about the only good thing that the war has brought us, besides the losses and
                    destruction.

                                                                                MOTHER.
                    Philip, don't complain so loud.  The walls have ears, and somebody can denounce us.
                    Please be careful.

                                                                                FATHER.
                    Everybody is complaining now, even the Nazis.

                                                                                Mother walks over to Dietrich, and takes a long look
                                                                                at him.

                                                                                PAUSE
                    Dietrich, you look good, but somehow changed.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    War changes people. It changed me too .

                                                                                Mother  looks inquiring into Dietrich's eyes

                                                                                MOTHER
                    You changed immensely. There is this sadness in your eyes. Tremendous sadness. You
                    were always a kid with laughing eyes. Always but not now. What happened?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Home feels so strange, so much space, so luxurious.  After years of living in the cramped
                    space of a tank, I feel uncomfortable here.

                                                                                FATHER
                    You should be happy that our home is so comfortable.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Yes, you are right Father, but I feel so out of place.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                     4.


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                                                                                MOTHER
                    Out of place, nonsense.  This is your home, Dietrich.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Yes but I am missing my buddies.
                                              (pause)
                    In the frontline one develops very close personal relationships with the people that share
                    your dangerous life, they become your closest buddies. Our tank had a crew of 4 people.
                    We became very fond of each other, very attached.
                                              (pause)
                    Now all is gone and an emptiness remains.

                                                                                FATHER
                    After the furlough you will reunite with your buddies. So what is this sadness?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    No father, I will never see them again,  They are all gone from my life.

                                                                                MOTHER
                    I think that Dietrich is depressed. Maybe he should see a Doctor?  Maybe some pills will
                    help him? Philip, make him appointment with Dr. Glaser. He will help him.

                                                                                FATHER
                    He doesn't need an appointment. I think that is only temporarily down.  In a few days it
                    will pass, especially if he sees Charlotte, his girl friend.  She will cheer him up.  That is
                    for sure.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    No, Father, between us everything is finished.

                                                                                FATHER
                    Finished? Why did you broke up? Why?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    It was Charlotte that broke up. She send me a very polite letter, informing me that she is
                    getting married.  She found a very nice man that finished his war obligations, and she is
                    going to marry him

                                                                                FATHER
                    Finished his war obligation. What does this mean?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    He lost two fingers on the frontline and was declared unfit to serve. Charlotte wrote me
                    that young German men are dying like flies and she feels that her Hans provides her with
                    security for the future. He is a sure bet. She is sorry but she has to think about her future.
                                              (pause)
                    She did not see any secure future with me.

                                                                                FATHER
                    The girl is not worth you.  I always thought that she is a conniving manipulator. She is not
                    worth you. Is she the source of your depression?

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                     5.


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Father, I am not depressed. I am somehow fearful, disappointed, miserable, apprehensive
                    but not depressed.  As far as Charlotte is concerned I am indifferent. She was not the love
                    of my life, anyhow.

                                                                                MOTHER
                    Dietrich, tells us the truth. We can help you. Don't hide your head in the sand.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am suffering from a  guilty conscience.

                                                                                MOTHER
                    Guilty conscience?  About what?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I served as a rear gunner in a  tank, during the battle for Smolensk. I was telling s joke to
                    my buddies in the tank and did not see the approaching Russian tank. A few seconds later
                    the tank diver was killed and we lost maneuverability.  Soon there was an explosion and
                    the turret gunner was killed and was heavily wounded. I survived because my comrade
                    pulled me out from the burning tank.

                                                                                MOTHER
                      But why do you have a guilty conscience?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Because of my stupid joke distraction, all my buddies were killed, and this weighs heavily
                    on my conscience. I am apprehensive of returning to the frontline and let my conscience
                    kill me.
                                              (pause)
                    I will be  OK mother, but why is Father home? Isn't he working?

                                                                                FATHER.
                    The factory that I worked was obliterated by the English Air Force.  I am waiting go a new
                    assignment.  Nowadays, I'm keeping company to  mother.  She likes it.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I got your letters. How is Carl?

                                                                                MOTHER
                    Carl is OK. He  is fighting in North Africa. Our`family became international travelers.
                    Like mercenary soldiers my sons were fighting in Smolensk, Stalingrad, Leningrad, El
                    Alamein.  What a honor?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    The war brought so many changes. I wonder how my room looks like now.  Did it change?

                                                                                MOTHER.
                    Dietrich. Your room is as you left it. No changes were made. Do you want to rest?  You
                    must be tired after such an ordeal. Let's go up.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                     6.


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                                                                                FATHER
                    Dietrich, do you remember how you use to fight with Carl about sleeping on the upper
                    bunk bed.  Now the room  is all yours.  We took out the bunk beds and now the room is
                    airy with lots of space.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am home only for a  two weeks and any bed will do.

                                                                                FATHER.
                    The front line soldiers usually think that they suffer the worst beating.  They think that the
                    hinterland is safe and peaceful.  No, this is a crazy war.  This war, hits everybody.

                                                                                MOTHER.
                    Dietrich, you must be hungry.  Let me make you something to eat.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    No Mutti, I am not hungry.  I want to know details about Herbert's and Hans's deaths. How
                    did they perish?

                                                                                MOTHER
                    I am  going to make you your favorite dish, the omelet.  You will like it.

                                                                                (Mother exits and Dietrich talks with his father)

                                                                                FATHER
                    Herbert died under Stalingrad. He was awarded the iron Cross, and so I am a father of a
                    German hero.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    Thank God that I am not a hero.  No iron Cross, for me. What about Hans?  Where did he
                    die?

                                                                                FATHER
                    We don't know exactly what happened.  He was fighting under Leningrad. We received
                    this horrible letter without any details attached to it.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    Thank God Carl is still alive. Is he still in North Africa?  The battles there are much
                    smaller and gentler, compared to be battles of Stalingrad.

                                                                                Mother comes back and she looks confused.

                                                                                MOTHER
                    It is funny, but I am so excited that I forgot what I am looking for.

                                                                                FATHER
                    You went out to look for eggs. Eggs for the omelette. Don't you remember this?

                                                                                MOTHER
                    Yes.  Yes, now I remember. What a bad memory I do have.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                     7.


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                                                                                She exits again.

                                                                                FATHER
                    Dietrich, How did you get wounded?  You were a tank gunner. How did it happen?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I took part of the greatest tank battle of this war, the battle of Smolensk. About 2000 tanks
                    participate in this gigantic battle. About 1000 German tanks and about 1000 Russian tanks.
                                              (Pause)
                    I believe that the Russian tanks T-34 were better than our tanks.

                                                                                FATHER
                    Did we lose the battle? I never read it in the newspapers.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Sort of. We never advanced as planned. The Russians destroyed thousand of our tanks and
                    stopped the blitzkrieg. That is the truth.
                                              (Pause)
                    This was the beginning of the end.

                                                                                FATHER
                    But how did you get hit? Tell me the details.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    First the tank driver was killed and we lost the ability to maneuver the tank. We became a
                    sitting target for the Russian tanks, surrounding us. Later the tank received a direct hit
                    followed by an explosion. I was hit and lost my consciousness and was rescued by my
                    comrade. I was taken  to the hospital.
                                              (pause)
                    I was lying on the collection point for hours, bleeding profusely. Luckily I made it, because
                    one of the nurses took a special interest in me.

                                                                                Mother comes in again. She has an embarrassed look
                                                                                on her face

                                                                                MOTHER
                    I completely forgot that we have no eggs. I feel so sorry. I think that I am going to make
                    your favorite potato soup. Yes, I will make this delicious potato soup.

                                                                                She exits again

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Father, what is the matter with Mother?  She acts so strangely. Her memory is gone.

                                                                                FATHER
                    Mother is seriously sick, but we don't know what it is.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    How did it start?

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                     8.


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                                                                                FATHER.
                    It started about six months ago. I did not write about it, because I did not want to worry
                    you and your brothers.
                                              (pause)
                    She went shopping to the Department store and during the shopping an air raid was
                    announced and she ran to the air shelter, located in the cellar.  A stray bomb hit the
                    building and the building collapsed, and buried alive all the people in the air shelter. Your
                    mother was rescued a few hours later, but psychological scars remained. The doctor thinks
                    that her brain was damaged by lack of oxygen.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Is there a medication for this?

                                                                                FATHER
                    The sickness has not been officially diagnosed so there is no treatment available for this.

                                                                                Mother brings in all the  pot with soup and sets the
                                                                                table. She turns to the Farther.

                                                                                MOTHER
                    Philip stop pestering Dietrich  with your questions.  Please leave him in peace. He must be
                    tired.

                                                                                They started to eat when there was a knock at the
                                                                                door and the letter carrier appears with a letter from
                                                                                the Military Authorities.

                                                                                LETTER CARRIER
                    Here is an official letter from the Authorities. It requires your signature. You have to sign
                    this receipt.

                                                                                He hands over the letter to Father together with the
                                                                                receipt. With trembling hands Father takes the letter
                                                                                and signs the receipt.

                                                                                FATHER
                                               (Puts away the letter.)
                    Let's eat now. The letter can wait.

                                                                                MOTHER
                                               (protesting)
                    Philip why don't you read the letter, I cannot eat in suspense. It must be about Carl.  Please
                    open it.

                                                                                Father opens the letter and silently reads it.

                                                                                FATHER
                    It is about Carl. He is dead.  He fell in the battle of Al Alamein. Oh my God.  We take loss
                    after loss and there is no end to this.  He died a heroic death in service for the fatherland.
                    Carl is dead.  Our Fuhrer and his wars.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                     9.


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                                                                                MOTHER
                    Oh my God , Carl is dead. Our family is cursed. What a curse.

                                                                                FATHER
                    He is buried in the hot sands of  Africa, We will never be able to visit his grave. This awful.

                                                                                The mother starts weeping and suddenly turns over
                                                                                and collapses. Father runs to mother, picks her up
                                                                                and cries out.


                    Dietrich, please bring me some cold water, Hurry up. Cold water.

                                                                                Dietrich runs toward the cupboard, takes a toll glass
                                                                                and fills it with water. Father takes the glass and
                                                                                splashes the face of Mother, yelling:

                                                                                FATHER
                    Wake up darling. Wake up. We are here.  We are with you. Mother opens her eyes.

                                                                                She turns around and collapses again.


                    Dietrich, please help me to put mother to bed.  She is quite heavy, too heave for me.



                                                                                Father and Dietrich carry mother out and soon  return
                                                                                to the scene.

                                                                                FATHER
                    Dietrich you are now our only son. All your brothers are dead. The future of our family is
                    in your hands.
                                              (Pause)
                    Remember Dietrich your` mother's dream was for you to marry a nice German girl and
                    have lots of children. You both could work and she could raise all the children.  This is
                    the dream of her life.

                                                                                Dietrich watches silently and with apprehension the
                                                                                pain and sufferings of his Father. He approaches him
                                                                                and embraces him warmly.

                                                                                FATHER
                    Remember Dietrich you have to do everything to survive this crazy war, for the sake of
                    your old mother. She needs you. She needs you badly. I am very much concerned about her.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Aren't we all concerned about our future?

                                                                                FATHER
                    I am afraid that without me, Mother will be lost.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    What about you? You look quite healthy.

                                                                                FATHER
                    Looks are deceiving.  Inside my body there si a very weak heart. Dietrich, I have a grave
                    heart condition.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    With a weak heart you can live forever.

                                                                                FATHER
                    No, Dietrich. It is very serious.  My days are limited.  I am  counting on you Dietrich. You
                    are the only child left alive. You have to take care of your mother. Promise me.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    How can I promise you? I am a soldier, a small cock in the German war machine. How
                    can I promise.

                                                                                FATHER
                    You have to do everything to survive.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    What can I do for example?

                                                                                FATHER
                    Don't volunteer for dangerous assignments.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Father, I am not in the infantry, or scouts. I am crew member of a tank.  I don't volunteer.
                    I follow orders of the tank commander.

                                                                                FATHER
                    You could give yourself up. It is better to be a war prisoner in Russia than s dead hero in
                    Germany.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Do you expect me to crawl our of the tank and to the Russian, Don't shoot I am giving
                    myself up?

                                                                                FATHER
                    If there is no other choice, you have to become a deserter. Desert the army.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Father, if I desert the Army, and survive the war, do you think that I can return to Germany
                    without facing prosecution?
                                              (pause)
                    Won't I be prosecuted for desertion?

                                                                                FATHER
                    The Nazis will lose the war and after the war a new Germany will arise. I don't think that
                    they will prosecute deserters. You will be able to return.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I was brought up as a German patriot, and deserting or abandoning the Army is emotionally
                    very difficult for me. It is against my grain.

                                                                                FATHER
                    Think of your old mother.  Think about your three brothers that were sacrificed on the
                    altar of German nationalism. Is the nation be stronger if one more young life will be
                    sacrificed?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I  have to be a strong guy to go against those waves of nationalism that engulfed our nation.
                    Am I strong enough?

                                                                                FATHER
                    I believe that you can do it.  For the sake of your old mother you can do it.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am ready to do it.  The only thing is that I have to wait until I get my personal weapons
                    and ammunition issued. With my weapons I am sure I can survive.

                                                                                END OF SCENE

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       2/1                                                                    SCENE  2 - AWAKENING                                                                    2/1

                                                                                Setting:

                                                                                A forest dugout, lit by a small oil lamp. The dugout
                                                                                is about 10 feet long and 8 feet wide. Inside there are
                                                                                two bundles of straw used for sleeping. At the right
                                                                                left there is a pail of water, and an improvised stove.
                                                                                Another pail is used for as a wash basin. On there far
                                                                                left stands a gleaming riffle and piles of cartridges.

                                                        TIME:

                                                                                Two months later.

                                                        AT RISE:

                                                                                At the left, a young  woman lies on a bundle of straw.
                                                                                She is breathing heavily.  At the right sits a German
                                                                                soldier, mending his jacket.  He is engulfed deeply
                                                                                in his thoughts.

                                                                                The girl, Rachel,  opens her eyes.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Where am I?  Who are you?

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                                               (Turning to her at the sound of her voice)
                    You are alive and well.  I am so happy.  I worried about you!

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Who are you?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am your friend.  Don't worry.
                                              (He takes a flask or water, and hands it over to her)
                    Drink.  You sweat so much.  You must be thirsty.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                                              (Drinks the water thirstily)
                    Where am I?  Is this a concentration camp or a death camp?  Are you a soldier?

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    No.  I am a German deserter, hiding in the forest.  My name is Dietrich.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You are a deserter, a German deserter? You must be a strong man to run against the Nazi
                    propaganda.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am not strong but a weak man. I could not adjust to the  hell of the war.
                                              (pause)
                    Little did I know that I exchanged the fighting hell for a lonely hell. How this all will end
                    I do not know.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You built this dugout all alone?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Yes, all alone. Nobody helped me.

                                                                                RACHEL (WITH ADMIRATION)
                    You are a strong, inventive guy. How do you survive in the forest?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    On berries and potatoes. Berries I pick in the forest and potatoes I steal in the fields.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    I am going to make you something to eat.  You must be hungry.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Yes.  I am quite hungry.
                                              (She looks at him, intensively)
                    How did I come here?  Who brought me here

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


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                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    I brought you here. I was lonely in the forest, so I went to the edge of the forest, to a place
                    overlooking the railroad tracks, to watch the`passing trains.  Suddenly, a  train appeared.  I
                    saw two people jumping of the train. I heard a series of shots.  One person was hit and
                    collapsed beside the tracks.  It was you.
                                              (Pause.)
                    Out of curiosity,  I went to check it out.  I found a beautiful girl, wounded, laying
                    unconsciously on the ground.   I decide to help you and bring you to the forest, that  means
                    here.  And here we are.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You brought me here. The forest must be far from the railroad trucks. How did you manage,
                    alone I assume?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    It is about 3 miles. It was not easy.  It took a lot of perseverance and sweat. I struggled all
                    the way, but I made it.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Why did you do it?  A German deserter rescuing a Jewish girl.  This is very unusual. Why
                    did you do it?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    My life in the forest was not easy. It was a lonely life without any human contact.
                                              (pause)
                    When I saw you for the first time, I felt that you are a gift from heaven for me.  A gift from
                    heaven for me. The more I look at you the stronger I feel that way.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You are exaggerating a little bit. Aren't you?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    You don't know what a gift from Heaven you are for me. Before I met you I felt miserable,
                    lonely, helpless. Now the misery has gone. You energized me to the utmost. I am full of
                    full of hope. You gave a purpose in life. You are my miracle.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You are losing your guilty conscience and I am getting one.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Why should you have a guilty conscience?

                                                                                RACHEL
                    The idea that a nice Jewish girl is an inspiration for a German deserter,
                                              (pause)
                    We will have to share our lives, and this is a great problem for me.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am not going to force myself on you. You are too precious for me. You have to gain
                    strength and then we can built another dugout for you. An inspiration is an inspiration.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


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                                                                                RACHEL.
                    So, you saved my life.  Thanks.
                                              (She looks down and sees all the bandages and dressings.)
                    And who treated my wounds, dressing them up?  Did you call a doctor?

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    I did it. I had medics training in the Army.  It came in handy. I used up all my first help kit.
                    No bandages are left.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    How long am I here?

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    About two weeks.  Two full weeks. I do hope that in another two weeks you will be cured
                    completely.  Do you want something to eat?  You have to eat to gain strength.

                                                                                Dietrich approaches, the primitive stove, standing in
                                                                                the corner, for some kasha into a pot, mixes it with
                                                                                water from a pail and cooks grit for Rachel.  After
                                                                                finishing the cooking he feeds are tenderly.  She eats
                                                                                eagerly and after finishing she tell him.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Thank you for saving my life. I don't know what fate has for me in storage. Maybe dying
                    on the railroad trucks would have been a lucky solution, but one thing I know that I want
                    to live.  I want to survive.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Aren't we all want the same thing?

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Yes, but you don't know how the will to life was strong in the Ghetto. Survival was a
                    mirage, a life sustaining hope.
                                              (pause)
                    It was like a forbidden fruit, the more it is denied the more one crave for it. I want to live,
                    to survive this cruel war and to lead a normal life.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    You will  surprised  to  know that I also want to survive this war and lead a normal family
                    life. Our desires are so similar.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    I hope that you don't get ideas.  Let me explain it.  I admired and worshipped my father.
                    He was a gentle and educated man. He wanted me to survive and marry a Jewish man to
                    establish a Jewish family.  I can't go against his wishes.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I promise not to take advantage of you. I am a strait forward man. I mean  what I say,  You
                    can count on it.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   15.


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                                                                                RACHEL
                    Let me ask you a simple question. How could a strait forward man become a German
                    Deserter?  I can't understand this.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I did it for my sick mother. I strongly feel that I have a moral responsibility for her well
                    being. I did it for her.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You must be very close to your mother.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Not exactly, but I feel the responsibility.  For her sake I deserted.
                                              (pause)
                    It looks like that we both share similar desires and expectations.  We can help each other
                    by joining forces.

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          3                                                                    SCENE 3 - THE VISIT                                                                        3

                                                                                Setting:

                                                                                Clearing in the forest.  On the right is a wide trail,
                                                                                covered with bushes.  On the left there is an almost
                                                                                invisible trial leading toward the dugout. A few tree
                                                                                stumps are scattered around the clearing.

                                                                                A week later.

                                                        AT RISE:

                                                                                Dietrich comes out from the bushes helping Rachel
                                                                                to walk.  Rachel support herself on a primitive cane
                                                                                fashioned out from a heavy branch.  She sits down
                                                                                on a stump turning toward the sun.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    It is the first time, that I am out of the dugout. The world is so beautiful, the sun with its
                    warm rays is so nourishing.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    Aren't you a little chilly.  It is a cold day.  Maybe you want my jacket?

                                                                                RACHEL
                    With pleasure.  I am still weakened  by the ordeal.

                                                                                Dietrich walks into the bushes, and in minute later
                                                                                he comes out carrying his military tunic.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   16.


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                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Thanks.  You are a very caring man.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    You know, I see you the first time in the daylight.  You are so beautiful.  You are a real
                    beauty.

                                                                                Rachel smiles appreciatively.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    You know, Dietrich that the bunker is located it too close to the clearing.  It is dangerous
                    to be so close to the forest clearing.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    You are right.  I don't know how a young girl, that you are, is so versed in the art of
                    buildings bunkers.  A woman usually  does not observe those things.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    I am an experienced bunker builder. I built many bunkers in the ghetto, and supported
                    myself and my Father, building bunkers.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    What was the need for bunkers in the ghetto? It wasn't a war zone.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    For hiding from the Germans.  Don't you know about it?  Where have you been?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    No.  I don't know.  I am ignorant in this matter?

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    What do you think the Germans are doing with the Jews?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    They resettle them.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Where do they resettle them?

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    I don't know.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Resettlement, means killing in special camps set up for this purpose.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Killings?  This is awful.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Those are facts of life.  I was on one of those resettlement trains, and when I jumped I
                    almost got killed.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   17.


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                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    All my God!  I never thought that this is possible in a civilized society.  I heard some
                    rumors, but never paid attention to them.

                                                                                Voices were heard in the distance: "Friends are
                                                                                coming, Friends are coming." Soon, a middle aged
                                                                                couple appeared at the clearing of the forest.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Hi Dietrich.  We came to see the beauty that you saved from death.

                                                                                Mr. Bloch turns to Rachel.


                    Hi, Rachel.  I am glad that you survived.  Do you remember me?

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Of course I do.  You are Mr. Bloch.  I think that I worked on your bunker.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    You did a fantastic job, and because of you we both survived.  We survived, and we are here.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    I am glad to hear this.

                                                                                 (Turning to Dietrich).


                    Dietrich I am cold. Could you please bring me a blanket from the bunker?

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    With pleasure.
                                              (Looks at her tenderly.)
                    Are you alright?

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Yes, but I feel a little cold.

                                                                                Dietrich goes to the bunker.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    As you can see I am in a very uncomfortable situation.  Alone with a German soldier in a
                    bunker in the forest.  I am very uncomfortable.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCK
                    I understand your position.  I wish we could help you, but there is no place in our dugout.
                    It is not even finished.  Also, it is much safer here.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Why?  Why is it much safer here?

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   18.


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                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    The Ukrainians know that Dietrich is armed.  They won't dare to attack him. With us is a
                    different situation.
                                              (Pause.)
                    You have to recuperate completely, and at that time things will be different.  Let's hope for
                    the best.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    I have problems sleeping at night.  In my sleep, my father appears and threatens me with it
                    dire consequences.  I wake up with a headache.  This is very trying.  I am in a tough
                    situation and don't know what to do?

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    Rachel, do you know, what the toughest challenge is?  It is you. Two lonely, attractive,
                    young people living in a dangerous environment, will fall in love, sooner or later and here
                    lies the challenge.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    I know it.  Dietrich is good to me. He saved my life, he is so tender to me.  I can not deal
                    with this. Please help me. Please tell me what to do?

                                                                                Dietrich returns from the bunker carrying  a military
                                                                                blanket.  He gives the blanket to Rachel.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    So you know Rachel from the ghetto?

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    Yes, we know her well.  She is coming from a prominent family.  Her father was a Rabbi.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    A Rabbi?  That means like a priest in the Catholic church?

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    Not exactly.  In the Jewish religion, presently they are no priests.  A Rabbi, is like a teacher
                    of faith. Nothing  more nothing less. He is usually a very learned man, esteemed by the
                    community.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    What happened to her father, the Rabbi?

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    We were caught, during the latest action, or pogrom, and taken by train to the gas chambers.
                    The train was packed, standing room only. I decided to jump the train. At least I will die
                    fighting back. I will die in the open air. I told  myself.
                                              (pause)
                    I found two other boys and together we started to make an hole in the wooden planks of
                    the railroad car.  We worked through the night. When we were ready to jump, an old lady
                    approached us, trying to stop us. The Germans counted the number of people and if some
                    people will be missing they will kill us all, she cried  out.
                                                                                (more)

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   19.


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                                                                                RACHEL. (CONTINUED)
                                              (Pause)
                    Lady I told her they will kill us one way or the  other. A scuffle developed and we almost
                    choked the old lady to death.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am sorry to hear this.  I never heard a word about the atrocities.  This is awful. I am glad
                    that i deserted the German army. Really glad.
                                              (Pause)
                    Why didn't your father jump?

                                                                                RACHEL
                    He was too old and tired of this life.  He also believed in destiny, "Bashert" as they call in
                    in Yiddish. He told me Rachel you are young, you should take chances. I am too old to
                    struggle. Let God's will be done.

                                                                                MRS BLOCH
                    He was such a nice, learned man. It's a pity.  What a pity.

                                                                                At this time a young good looking man appeared at
                                                                                the clearing. He approached the group, greeting them
                                                                                warmly.

                                                                                JOEL
                    Good Morning gentlemen.

                                                                                Suddenly he sees Rachel, sitting on the stump. He
                                                                                stops talking, clearly smitten by her.


                    I see that we have a charming newcomer into our part of the woods. Hello.

                                                                                Suddenly he recognizes Rachel and stops in his tracks.

                                                                                JOEL
                    I did not expect to find you here.  But I am delighted to see you, Rachel.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    The same here.

                                                                                JOEL
                    If I can help you in any way, please don't hesitate.  For the sake of the old days don't hesitate.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    For the sake of the old days I will definitely don't ask you for any favors. I am still hurt by
                    your insensitive behavior.

                                                                                JOEL
                    I am sorry to hear it.  It was my father that caused all those problems.  I am sorry.

                                                                                Joel turns to Mr. Bloch.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   20.


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                    I am afraid that I have rather disturbing news. Dietrich those news are important for you too.

                                                                                MR. BLOCH
                    What are those news? Tell us, please.

                                                                                JOEL
                    I went to the village to buy some food and I was told by my Polish contact that the
                    Ukrainian Partisans are preparing a raid of our area. "We have to get rid of the Jews.  They
                    will bring out the Germans."
                                              (Pause)
                    We have to clear out the forest now. We have to move. This area is getting hot.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    I agree with Joel, it is time to move out from here.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Where would  you go?

                                                                                JOEL
                    To another part of the forest, close to the village of  Zarwanica.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    How long will it take the Partisans to find you there?  A week, two weeks? Running away
                    will not solve the problem. They will find us later.
                                              (pause)
                    You people are unbelievable. At the first sign of danger you panic and run. You have to
                    learn how to fight back.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    How do we fight back?  We have no weapons, no ammunition, no organization.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    When is the raid scheduled?  Do you have an idea?

                                                                                JOEL
                    No. The time is not set yet. This will give us time for packing. I think it is time to pack
                    and move out of the area.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    This will give us time to prepare ourselves for defensive a battle. Only by fighting back
                    can we survive. Period.

                                                                                MR.BLOCH
                    Defensive battle? We have no weapons and they are very strong.  How can we defend
                    ourselves without weapons?  It is impossible.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    How, many fighters can you organize?

                                                                                JOEL.
                    Counting some girls, about 12 people.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   21.


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    This should be enough.  But are they motivated  to fight for survival?

                                                                                JOEL.
                    I think so.  I am sure of it.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    This is a tremendous opportunity for us.  If we can mount a successful defense, we will be
                    in a good position to survive. I do have a plan.

                                                                                JOEL AND BLOCK.
                    Let's hear this plan.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    The idea is to pull the partisans deep into the forest, and attack them from all sites. Front
                    and the rear.
                                              (Pause)
                    We kill a few of them, and the rest will run away, leaving all their weapons behind.

                                                                                BLOCK
                    It sounds good, but give us some details.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    We have to start using night watches.  When they appear the Watchman will run away,
                    using a horn to wake up the people.  They will run toward this hill.  I will be waiting for
                    them and to open a sniper fire, while they rear a group will attack them with  hand grenades.
                    Three hand grenades will do the job.

                                                                                JOEL.
                    It sounds good.  It will sound even better if we kill a few of them, and get their weapons.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Wait here.

                                                                                Dietrich disappears in the forest.  In the meantime,
                                                                                Joel approaches Rachel.

                                                                                JOEL.
                                              (turning to Rachel)
                    I am sorry for the breakup.  Really sorry. Maybe we could start again our romance?

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Did you get an approval from your father? Last time you couldn't break the umbilical cord.

                                                                                JOEL
                    It was my father's fault. He liked you but expected a great dowry. This is the truth.

                                                                                Dietrich comes back, and approaches Joel.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   22.


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                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    Here is the horn, you will be using to awake the people and pull the Partisans into the
                    ambush.  And here are three hand grenades.  Don't waste them.  They are precious.  They
                    will save lives.

                                                                                All people exit now with the exception  of Rachel
                                                                                and Dietrich.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    By God, Dietrich I admire your fighting spirit. You are born leader and a fighter.  I admire
                    you.  I never met a Jewish man  with such qualities. I really admire you.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Thanks for the compliment. It is nice to know.

                                                                                He takes Rachel's hand an kisses it, for long time.

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          4                                                                    SCENE  4 - PROBLEMS                                                                        4

                                                                                Setting:

                                                                                Clearing area.

                                                        TIME:

                                                                                Two weeks later.

                                                        AT RISE:

                                                                                Dietrich and Rachel sit on tree stumps, talking.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Almost a month has past from the time that Joel made his alert and nothing happened.  We
                    keep watches, we don't sleep at nights, and nothing happens. I wonder if this was a
                    practical joke.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    I doubt that it. You don't make jokes when peoples lives are imperiled.  The partisans have
                    their own problems, and are not in a hurry. The Jews won't escape them.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    Could we somehow confirm all those statements?  This would be very valuable for us, all
                    of us.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    It was somehow confirmed already.  You can ask Bloch about it. He told me that one of
                    the Jewish women, Golda, looks like a peasant woman. She often goes to the village to
                                                                                (more)

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   23.


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                                                                                RACHEL. (CONTINUED)
                    beg for food.  She was told by a few peasants about rumors  that the partisans  are
                    preparing a raid.  Probably, Joel got wind of the same rumors and upgraded them to
                    warnings from its contacts.  We have to take those rumors seriously.  Don't we?

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    Yes, we do.  The consequences could be very dire.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    I also think that we are relying to munch on Joel to organize the defense.  He is a smooth
                    talker but  not an inspiring leader.  Too smooth of a talker.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    What do you think we can do?

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    I believe that we should get together the whole group and start training sessions.  Teach
                    them how to toss hand grenades, how to listen to orders.  Sort of basic training.  Why
                    couldn't we do it?

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    Rachel, you are an amazing girl.  Not long ago, you were dying from wounds.  You still
                    walk with difficulties, but you are already ready for action.  You are amazing. But still,
                    you have to recuperate. You have to get your full  strength back.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    I am recuperating very fast. There is only one danger. As Mrs. Bloch said: two lonely,
                    attractive people living in close quarters, will fall in love. This is the law of nature and
                    here lies the danger.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    So what is wrong about this? Falling in love is supposedly be wonderful.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    It is easy to fall in love. But I cannot marry you, and this is the source of my misery.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Why can't you?

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You need a German wife that will bear you German children, keep a clean house, look up
                    to you, maintain a good relationship with your mother. Be a good German wife.  I can't do it.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Good marriages are based on compromises.  I am ready to compromise.  Why can't you?

                                                                                RACHEL
                    What looks like love could be simply infatuation. Infatuation could be a short lived mirage.
                    There is a tremendous gulf between us, the German language.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   24.


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    But we have no problems of communications. You speak  Yiddish and I understand you, I
                    speak German and you understand me. So what is the problem?

                                                                                RACHEL
                    For me the German language is connected with fear, hatred, violence and death. Do you
                    think that I could communicate with my children in German? Every time I hear German,
                    images of my martyred family come to my mind. Can you built a happy life on such a
                    foundation?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    We could live in another country, America for example. You will speak with your children
                    English.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    And yo will leave your sick mother behind.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    She could go with  us.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    And speak German with the children. Dietrich don't fool yourself. Between us is a
                    tremendous gulf, difficult to fill or breach.
                                              (pause)
                    The problem is that in the Shtetl lived about 10,000 Jews, and it will be a miracle if one
                    hundred survive.
                                              (pause)
                    If I survive it will be my obligation to marry a Jewish man, and make sure that our culture,
                    our language will not disappear from the face of this planet. It is a grave responsibility
                    placed on me by my Father, my family and my upbringing.  I hope that you understand this.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    It is hard to understand your irrationality.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Unfortunately, our lives are not governed by the rules of reason, but by irrationality.  Look
                    at this war, does it make any sense?

                                                                                There are voices heard in the distance.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    It looks like the Blochs are coming.  Will further discus those matters later. I love you
                    nevertheless.

                                                                                At this moment 3 people enter the clearing, the
                                                                                Blochs and a middle aged blond woman.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    Friends, we are coming on an urgent mission. We have a big problem on our hands.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    What is the problem?

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   25.


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                                                                                MR. BLOCH
                    It is Joel. He is such a jerk. Yesterday on the night watch he tried to rape a young girl of
                    seventeen.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Raping a girl. This is unbelievable.  Hew should be shot for this,

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Who is to decide? We are not barbarians.  We are civilized people.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Civilized people do not cordon rape.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    First of all rape was not established, and secondly who is the person that will determine
                    quilt and  issue the verdict?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    The leader of the community does this.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    We are not Germans raised in obedience to a leader.  We are Jews follow the law. I don't
                    think that we are equipped to solve this problem. So lets drop it.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Especially that we need people for the defense.

                                                                                RACHEL
                                              (turns to  the blond woman)
                    Are you the mother of this girl?

                                                                                GOLDA
                    Yes I am the mother of Alice.  She is a young teenage girl. I don't want her to become
                    pregnant.  It would be awful. Fortunately she fought him off and after she started screaming
                    he backed off.

                                                                                MR. BLOCH
                    The problem is more serious. Now all the women refuse to participate in the  night watches.
                    Our defenses are down. How do we handle this problem?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Do you have another guy, a decent guy that could provide honest leadership?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    I think that Arthur would  be the right person. He is very reliable, decent and personable.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    I think that we should tell Joel that he will be  in charge of collecting intelligence. He has
                    the best connections and his job is the most important job presently. Arthur will take over
                    the drilling and organization of resistance. We should also tell him to keep his hands off
                    the woman and especially the young girls.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   26.


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                                                                                DIERTICH
                    Starting tomorrow, after the meeting we should start the training sessions. The situation is
                    quite dangerous and we and we have to be prepared to fight.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    By the way our group grew recently. A few young people escaped a death train, joined us.
                    We also have  to ask Golda to keep her eyes and ears open for new new development.

                                                                                They all exit only Rachel and Dietrich remain at the
                                                                                clearing.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    In another two weeks you will be fully recuperated.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    I already recuperated.  I am a strong woman and ready for action.  I will make you a bet
                    that I can outrun you. Do you want to bet?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Okay.  Let's try.

                                                                                Rachel gets up from the stump and starts running
                                                                                toward the other end of the clearing. Dietrich runs
                                                                                after her, and he is almost ready to tackle her when
                                                                                she deftly changes did course and avoid him. This
                                                                                lasts for a while, when suddenly she trips on an
                                                                                exposed root and loses her balance.

                                                                                Dietrich catches her, embraces her tightly, and saying
                                                                                softly - I love you, kisses her ardently.  She
                                                                                compulsively returns his kiss. After A while she
                                                                                disengages herself and goes over to her stump and
                                                                                sits down engaged in deep thoughts.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am sorry for acting so impulsively, but I really love you.  You are so unique, so beautiful,
                    so full of live.  I never met a girl like you.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You shouldn't have done it. It makes my life so difficult, enormously difficult.

                                                                                Rachel sit down on a stump and starts to cry softly.
                                                                                Dietrich approaches her cautiously and tries to
                                                                                console her.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am sorry. I did it compulsively. I didn't want to hurt you.  I am sorry.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You took advantage of a helpless girl..  You hurt me deeply. You violated me. How could
                    you have done it? Now I hate myself..

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am in love with you.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    But I am not in love with you.  And what is worse, we sleep together in one dug out and
                    now we kissed publicly.  I am devastated.

                                                                                END OF SCENE

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                                                                                      ACT 2



          5                                                                    SCENE 1 LAMENTATIONS                                                                       5

                                                                                At rise Dietrich walks around the forest clearing
                                                                                talking talking to himself.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    I am in love with a strange girl, full of contradictions:   She's strong and resourceful, but
                    after one  kiss she develops high fever.  She is full of life, but afraid of me.  It is my
                    situation so hopeless? Why am I so helpless.  I never met a girl like her.  What should I do?
                                              (Pause)
                    First of all  I need lots of aspirins to break her high fever. But how can I get aspirins  in
                    this desolate that the area? This is my first problem to solve.
                                              (pause)
                    It is true that she has been suffering a lot: she was taken to the  gas chambers, she jumped
                    a death train, was wounded and taken to a forest  dugout. To those dramatic experiences
                    she adjusted in stride. But she cannot adjust to the idea of living with a loving man and
                    having a normal family life. No she can't.  What am I to do? This is the question. What is
                    the noise? Somebody is calling me.

                                                                                Two men approaching the clearing, yelling - Friends
                                                                                are coming. Bloch and Joel enter the clearing

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Welcome to  my area. What good winds  bring you  here?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    We have a few things to discuss with  you. First Joel has a complaint to make.  He feels
                    that he has been mistreated.

                                                                                JOEL
                    I was stabbed from behind by an "Innocent" young girl, Alice. She is an agggressive,
                    flirtatious come on. She flirted with me unabashedly and later fell into a screaming frenzy.
                    The girl is screwed up and I was blamed for raping her. A sad story of treacherous behavior.
                                              (Pause)
                    This affair interferes with our organizing of the resistance and self defense.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   28.


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    The best way to deal with this crisis is to ignore it. It will pass away.
                                              (pause)
                    To dwell on it is useless. Sooner or later Alice will have a fallout with another victim and
                    will be unmasked.  Leave her alone for now.

                                                                                JOEL
                    It is easier said than done. It hurts.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    There is another business we  came to discuss. Joel was recently in the village and it looks
                    like the raid is being prepared,  The Partisans will attack us soon. His contact offered him
                    to sell two riffles, one Italian and one from the Polish Army. Which do you suggest we take?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    How  many cartridges are they providing with the riffles?

                                                                                JOEL
                    About 500 cartridges come with each riffle.  Supposedly both riffles are well maintained
                    and in perfect condition.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    What is the asking price?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    About 50 dollars for each.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Do you have the money?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Yes. We can scrape  together the necessary amount.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Give the a low offer and take both of them.  We can use them. Offer them 75 dollars for
                    both riffles.  After the war they will be worthless.
                                              (pause)
                    If you buy one weapon only take the Italian riffle, it is lighter and more accurate.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Dietrich, thanks for the advice.  We will be back soon, hopefully with both riffles.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    When are you going to the village? I have a favor to ask.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Straight from here we are going to the village.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Rachel developed high fever, and I need aspirins  to break her  fever. I need them badly.
                    Could you buy them for me in the village? There must be a store in the village. Here is the
                    money. It is really all the money I do have.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   29.


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                                                                                He takes out 20 Mark bill and hand it over to Bloch.

                                                                                BLOCH
                                              (rejecting the banknote)
                    I am not sure that here is a store in the village. But I have money and you will repay me
                    later. I will do my best to bring you the aspirins. But what happened to Rachel.  She looked
                    so strong the other day when I saw her?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    It looks like an emotional crisis. She is twisting and turning in her sleep, argues with her
                    father, cries and yells at the same time. I believe that this is caused by the high fever. I
                    hope that aspirins will break the fever and she will return to normal.
                                              (Pause)
                    Before you go there is another request that I do have to make. I am in love with Rachel. I
                    never saw a girl like her. I believe that she is in love with me too, but she is afraid. She
                    has deep seated anxieties coupled with innate resistance.  I wonder if I could marry her in
                    a Jewish wedding ceremony? Maybe this would allay her fears?

                                                                                JOEL
                    Dietrich, you want a Jewish ceremony. Wow! What a surprise?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    I guess it could be done. I Jewish weddings you don't need a Rabbi.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    You don't need a Rabbi?  How is the wedding certified in the eyes of God?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    The wedding is like a contract, based on the "Ketubah."

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    What is this "Ketubah?"

                                                                                BLOCH
                    The "Ketubah" is a a marriage contract, written in Aramaic, which is the legal language
                    from the times  of Christ. In the "Ketubah", the Groom specifies how he is going to support
                    his wife and his family. It is the basis of the "Tnaim" or the Conditions of the Marriage
                    Contract. The "Ketubah" is signed by  two witnesses and not by the marrying couple.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Is this the whole ceremony?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    No. Then comes the main ceremony the Betrothal, with all kind of trappings based on
                    tradition, like lifting the veil, breaking the glass, etc. The main part of the ceremony is
                    when the Groom places a ring on the finger of his betrothed saying in Hebrew: You are
                    hereby consecrated unto me  according to the Laws of Moses and Israel. - This is the main
                    part of the ceremony.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Do you have to be Jewish to participate in such  a ceremony? Could I marry Rachel?

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


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                                                                                BLOCH
                    Only a Rabbi can answer such a question. Unfortunately, I am not a Rabbi.

                                                                                Before he could answer the question Arnold appeared
                                                                                carrying the horn he received from Joel.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    I got finally the horn from Joel and I think that is time to  organize a rehearsal otherwise
                    we will improvise during emergencies and we could face unpleasant surprises.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I think that it is an excellent idea. First of all we should establish points of control.  The
                    night watches cannot cover all the territory.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    There are two roads leading toward the forest from the village. The Partisans would
                    definitely take one of those roads.  My feeling is that it will be the main road.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    We have to cover both roads otherwise we might miss them.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    We have only on horn for communications. How are we going to do this?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    The watchman of the main road will keep the horn. He will be alerted by the watchman of
                    the second road. All agree? OK.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I still have another horn. This horn will be used for signals to attack. This horn will issue
                    coded signals.
                                              (he pulls the horn out of  his pocket)
                    A long persistent, urgent tone will be the signal of attack. Like this.
                                              (he blows the horn issuing a long pitched  sound)
                    Another sound will be used for assembling the group. Like this.
                                              (The horn emit tru-tru-tru-tru...a broken up signal)
                    It is interesting to note that ancient Israelis used a ram horn for battle communications,
                    very similar to the ones used by Dietrich.  For example the attack sign called "Tekiah
                    Gedola" while the assembly signal is called "Truim". It loooks like we going back to our
                    roots.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    It is very funny, indeed.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Now it is time to set a date for conducting those exercises.

                                                                                JOEL
                    What time of the day are we going to conduct the exercises? At night is no good because
                    we will not be able to maintain the necessary vigilance. During the day time someone from
                    the village might be in the forest and witness the whole show.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Joel, you brought out a valid point. Let's do it at sundown. It's the safest time.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Three days from now, at sundown we will conduct the exercises.

                                                                                END OF SCENE

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          6                                                                    SCENE 2 ASPIRINS                                                                           6

                                                        SETTING:

                                                                                In the dugout.

                                                        TIME:

                                                        AT RISE:

                                                                                At right Dietrich stands at the oven and cooking a
                                                                                meal. Rachel is laying on  the bundle of straw,
                                                                                sweating profusely. She haa hallucinations. The
                                                                                Blochs enter the dugout.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    We are back from the village.  We bought both riffles but could not get the aspirins. The
                    peasants don't use them. Sorry Dietrich but we couldn't help you.  How is Rachel?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Rachel is sick. She has high fever.  Where can I get aspirins? Do you know a place?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    You have to go to only Pharmacy in this area. You have to go to the city,

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Where is the Pharmacy located?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    On the Main street, not far from the Railroad station.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    How close is the Pharmacy to the Police station?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Not too close. Don't tell me that you intended to go to the city.  It is a very dangerous.
                    Don't go. Rachel will make it without the aspirins.  She is a strong girl.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    Don't go Dietrich. It is very dangerous.  It is like putting your head into the lions mouth. It
                    is playing with fire.

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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I will put on my best uniform and with the riffle I will look like a German Policeman.
                    Nobody will suspect me of being a deserter.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    If you must, go.  We will stay with Rachel. Do you have local money to pay for the aspirins?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I still have the 20 D.M. banknote. Can yo give me some zlotys?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Sure. Here is 50 zloty. It should be sufficient.

                                                                                Dietrich, takes his riffle, straightens out his uniform
                                                                                and leaves.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    It is a miracle. Here the Germans are killing millions of Jews and here comes a German
                    soldier and endangers his life to save a Jewish girl. Go figure this out.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    He is in love. That is so simple.

                                                                                In the meantime Rachel started to moan, she jerks
                                                                                her body. She has hallucinations. She sweats
                                                                                profusely and is emitting a stream of disconnected
                                                                                words.  It looks like she is arguing with her father.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Father, what do you want from me? I am a wounded, helpless girl tossed by destiny into
                    this situation. What shall I do?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Poor thing is fighting with herself, fighting with her conscience.  It is a losing battle.  She
                    is in love.

                                                                                RACHEL (HALLUCINATING)
                    Father, you believe in preordained Destiny as being God's will. Isn't my jumping the Death
                    Train, the miraculous saving of my life also God's will. Who am I to fight God's will?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    You are right. She is fighting her own conscience. I feel badly that we cannot help her.
                    What can we do?

                                                                                Mrs. Bloch approaches Rachel and wipes her
                                                                                sweating face with a handkerchief.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    Sleep Rachel, sleep. The sleep will do you good. Don't worry, things will work out. Life
                    will solve all our problems. Sleep child, sleep.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


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                                                                                For a minute Rachel is quiet and then starts again her
                                                                                hallucinations.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Father. I am not abandoning the path of our people. Please accept God's will and stop
                    asking God to do your will.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    I feel so much with her. She is a deep emotional turmoil. It is like when we lost our baby.
                    The emotional pain was worse than the physical pain.

                                                                                Mrs. Bloch starts to look for a towel but could not
                                                                                find one.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    I will stay with her and you could go and find a towel in our bunker. It should help her.

                                                                                MR. BLOCH
                    OK. I am going.

                                                                                He leaves the dugout.

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          7                                                                    SCENE 3-  THE BRAWL                                                                        7

                                                        SETTING:

                                                                                The dugout.

                                                        TIME:

                                                                                Time 6 hours later.

                                                        AT RISE:

                                                                                Mrs. Bloch stands at Rachel changing the wet towel,
                                                                                placed over her face. She touches her forehead and
                                                                                turns to her husband.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    It is late in the day and Dietrich is still not here. I am afraid that something happened to him.

                                                                                MR. BLOCH.
                    How is Rachel? Is the fever down? She looks better now.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    Yes, her head feels almost normal now. She is calmer now. Poor kid. She breathes evenly
                    and is not twisting. I think she is making it. Thank God.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


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                                                                                At this moment Arnold enters the dugout.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    Where is Dietrich?

                                                                                MR. BLOCH
                    He went to the city to get some aspirins for Rachel.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    To get some aspirins? I think this is insane. I hope he is all right now. Our survival hinges
                    on him. I just came to check it out. I was in the village and some peasants came from the
                    city with the news that there was a shoot out between some German soldiers. Some were
                    wounded. I wanted to bring the news to Dietrich.  Those could be important news.  I never
                    thought that Dietrich could be involved in a shoot out in the city.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    Oh my God! It looks like that we lost Dietrich. It is late in the day and he is not back. This
                    is a calamity.  Who is going to take care of Rachel?

                                                                                MR. BLOCH
                    Please, do not panic. I believe in Dietrich. He will be back.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    As far as Rachel is concerned I volunteer to take care of her. She is on her way to full
                    recovery.

                                                                                At this moment Rachel opens her eyes and looks
                                                                                around searching for Dietrich.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    What happened? What are you doing here? Where is Dietrich?

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    Dietrich went to buy aspirins for you. He will be back momentarily.

                                                                                RACHEL
                                               (regaining her full composure)
                    To buy aspirins for me.  This is insane. He is such a darling. Endangering his life for me. I
                    am not worthy  of his sacrifice. When did he go? What happened to him? What happened
                    to me? I don't remember a thing.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    You had high fever and were hallucinating. You had a big fight with your father,

                                                                                RACHEL
                    All my life I had fights with my father. He is a very stubborn man, used to have his way. I
                    was very close to my mother. She was a hard working woman, always taking care of the
                    children, the husband, a real head of the family. My father, as the self-proclaimed
                    representative of the Heavens, took care of our spiritual needs.
                                                                                (more)

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   35.


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                                                                                RACHEL (CONTINUED)
                                              (pause)
                    When my mother and all the  siblings were killed my father completely detached himself
                    from reality. I took over my mothers and my fathers duties.
                                              (pause)
                    I became the breadwinner, the house wife, the care taker. I wore many hats. And now
                    when my father is gone, he still puts heavy burdens on me. I worked very hard, during the
                    day I was a smuggler, a housemaid, and at night I built bunkers to make a living.
                                              (pause)
                    I carried a great burden, while my father took care of the spiritual needs of the community.
                                              (pause)
                    For years I put away my personal ambitions, my dreams about a family life, my longings
                    for a life partner, to ease the burdens of my father. And I still pay the price for this.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    Rachel, my child, rest. I think that you must be hungry.
                                              (turning to her husband)
                    Why don't you go to bring some grit, so I can prepare a good meal for Rachel. Please go
                    and let her rest. She need to rest, she might also need to talk.

                                                                                MR. BLOCH
                    Arnold, lets go and let's leave the women alone. I hope that Dietrich will be back soon.

                                                                                Mr. Bloch and Arnold exit.

                                                                                A few minutes after they were gone, Dietrich appears
                                                                                in the bunker. His face is haggard, and one can see a
                                                                                hole in his military tunic.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Rachel, how are you? It looks like the fever is gone. I am glad to see it.  You look marvelous.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich what happened to you? Were you wounded?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    No. I am not wounded but I think that I killed a German Policeman.

                                                                                MRS. BLOCH
                    What happened?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I went to the city to get some aspirins for Rachel. At the railroad station stood a German
                    Military transport train guarded by the Military Police. They stopped me demanding to see
                    my papers. I feigned that I am reaching for the documents and in a surprise movement I
                    darted for cover. They opened fire and I returned the fire killing one Policemen. I run fast
                    as I could and returned to the forest. They did nor pursue me.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich, I am OK now. With the help of Mrs. Bloch and her homegrown medications I
                    returned to  normal.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   36.


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    We have to be careful now. It is possible that the Police will proceed to search me in the
                    forest. We have to be careful.
                                              (yawning widely)
                    I  am very tired.  I had a tough day.  I have to rest.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich, I have to talk to you. Let's have a strait forward talk. I am very much disturbed
                    with your adventures in the city. Your impulsive behavior endangers all of us.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am sorry.    In desperation I panicked. I was afraid of loosing you.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    It was a moment of weakness on my part. Don't attach too much significance  to this kiss.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    It was very significant for me. It gave me hope.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    It is false hope that cuts down our hope for survival. You killed a German Policemen, and
                    now the German authorities will finish our whole community.
                                              (pause)
                    In addition you you changed from a deserter to a killer. Will you dare to return to Germany
                    after the war?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I  made a stupid mistake, and now we have to face the consequences.
                                              (pause)
                    Rachel, I hope that you understand how much  I love you.I am ready to marry you in a
                    Jewish Wedding. There is no life for me, without you.
                                              (pause)
                    When you were sick I spoke to Bloch about a Jewish wedding and he told me that you
                    don't have to have a rabbi to officiate a wedding.  Pronouncing the sacred Haray At is
                    sufficient.  Why don't you marry me.  I could learn the pronounce the sacred formula.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich, a real Jewish wedding is based on the marriage contract written in ancient
                    Aramaic language, the language of Christ.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    You can have a wedding without a Ketubah.  Ask Bloch.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    For 2000 years each Jewish wedding  had a Ketubah and I expect to have one. This is a
                    tradition.
                                              (pause)
                    Dietrich darling, let's keep the question of the wedding open.  Survival first  - wedding
                    afterwards.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   37.


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    The way I see it, a wedding will help us to survive. It will make life worth living, add
                    some zest to our lives.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    The problem is that I am not ready for any wedding, even for a Jewish wedding. We are
                    fighting for our lives and there is no time for wedding bells.
                                              (pause)
                    You know Dietrich, I have mixed feelings about you.  Sometimes I admire you and feel
                    close to you and sometimes I feel that you are from a different planet. I am not ready for
                    the commitment. Not ready.



                                                                                END OF THE SCENE

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          8                                                                    SCENE 4  - REHEARSAL                                                                       8

                                                        SETTING:

                                                                                The forest clearing.

                                                        TIME:

                                                                                One week later.

                                                        AT RISE:

                                                                                Rachel and Dietrich are walking in into the  clearing.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You did a good job with the tunnel, that creates a second exit form the bunker. I feel safer
                    now.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I wish I could say the same thing for myself.  I am waiting for  Arnold, Joel and Bloch to
                    arrive. I am somehow nervous.
                                              (pause)
                    I have to ask Bloch if he  has some scissors.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    What do you need scissors for?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Yesterday I went to the brook to wash up and saw my face reflected in the water,  I could
                    not recognize myself.  An old bearded man. Maybe this is the problem?  Rachel would
                    you like me better without the beard. I will look younger.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   38.


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                                                                                RACHEL
                    Forget it Dietrich. I am used to bearded men. With this beard you look more Jewish. Leave
                    it.

                                                                                Joel and Bloch arrive at the clearing, Dietrich greets
                                                                                them cordially.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    The exercises were a success. Everything went as planned or better. We now have two
                    more riffles than we had before. But where is Arnold?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am glad that the exercise went so well. I feel safer now. I am more optimistic about the
                    future. Aren't you?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    I am, but don't underestimate the Ukrainians. For about four hundred years they are
                    fighting for independence and they are very devoted to their cause. Be careful.

                                                                                JOEL
                    I agree with Bloch, that we have to be careful in dealings with the Ukrainians. But where
                    is Arnold?.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    There was a suspicious movement on the main roads and he went to check it out.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Suspicious movements? I hope that the German Army is not closing in  on us.  This would
                    be a dangerous development.

                                                                                At this moment Arnold appears at the clearing. He is
                                                                                holding a sheet of paper in his hands.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    What happened? What is the sheet of paper in your hands?

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    It is full of bad news. I can't believe this.  Read it  for yourself.

                                                                                He hands over the sheet of paper to Bloch.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    It is a note with warnings from the Ukrainian Partisans, It looks like they were somehow
                    tipped of about our exercises. Let me read the paper to you:


                    "Jews. Don't think that your perfidy is going to pay off. You can arrange as  many exercises
                    as you wish, but you  will not get us.  We will get you."



                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   39.


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                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
                    Signed - UPA which stands for the Ukrainian Partisan Army.

                                                                                (turning to Arnold)


                    Where did you find this warning?

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    It was nailed to a tree, in front of my bunker.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Now we have to find out who gave out our secrets?  Who babbled?
                                              (pause)
                    Joel, did you babble?

                                                                                JOEL
                                              (Frustrated)
                    No. Why me? It looks like I am a scapegoat for all the problems we face. I wasn't in the
                    village for the last two weeks.  I am innocent.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I take your word for it. You might be right.  A  public secret is no secret at all.

                                                                                JOEL
                    Many women visit the villages, buying or begging for food. They babbled the news
                    without realizing the dangers involved.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    But what are we going to do now? This is the question. Are we going to give up our night
                    patrols? Can we prepare alternate plans for action? Or should we move to another forest
                    and start over?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    All the alternatives stink. I don't have the strength to move to another forest and start all
                    over again. Also, we need help and supplies from the villages. We move and exactly one
                    week later the Partisans will where we are.  Moving is not a solution.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    It could be that the Partisans realized that they cannot kill us without suffering heavy losses,
                    decided to move us out of this area to a place that will be new and therefore we will be
                    more vulnerable.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    I feel that Arnold might be right. The Partisans want to kill us and it will be easier to do it
                    during the move or immediately after the move. Here we know the terrain, we are dug in
                    and it should be easier to survive.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I think that we should try to clarify the situation before making a move. Joel, you have
                    connections in the village.  Could you get us some input?

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   40.


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                                                                                JOEL
                    I could try. No harm in trying.

                                                                                Before he could finish the sentence, Goldie appeared
                                                                                in the clearing.

                                                                                GOLDIE
                    I bring interesting news.  The UPA wants to finish us, but they are afraid that they will
                    take heavy losses and lose their face. They are in stiff competition with the Petlurovcy and
                    Banderovcy, the competing bands.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    What are their intentions?

                                                                                GOLDIE
                    They hope that the Germans will do the job for them.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You were right again Dietrich.  You said at the beginning that moving is not a solution.
                    Fighting back is. You are a good leader, Dietrich.

                                                                                END OF SCENE

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          9                                                                    SCENE 5 JOINING THE PARTISANS                                                              9

                                                        SETTING:

                                                                                The clearing in in the forest.

                                                        TIME:

                                                                                One week later.

                                                        AT RISE:

                                                                                Dietrich walks nervously when Arnold arrives.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    Dietrich, the mystery if the inaction  of the Ukrainian Partisans is solved. There is an
                    overwhelming reason  for it and this explains their behavior.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    What is the explanation? I am very curious to know.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    The Russians are pushing heavy partisan forces through our area. They are on the way to
                    Yugoslavia, to help Tito's partisans. A Russian General Petrow is commanding the forces.

                                                                                 DIETRICH
                    You are suggesting that the Ukrainians are afraid of an encounter with the Russians.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


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                                                                                ARNOLD.
                    Yes, they are sitting quietly now,  The Russians are better organized, better armed, better
                    trained.  There is no comparison between them.

                                                                                At this moment new people started to arrive at the
                                                                                clearing, the Blochs, Joel and others.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Did you hear the latest news? The Russian Partisans are here.

                                                                                JOEL
                    I believe that this is a great opportunity for us. We should all join the Partisans. It is better
                    to fight in Yugoslavia than to perish here.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    We know very little about them. Who they are, what is their aim?

                                                                                BLOCH
                    I believe that I am too old to be accepted to the Partisans, or maybe it is worth trying?

                                                                                MRS.BLOCH
                    I am too old to be a nurse, not speaking about being a partisan. The Russians treat women
                    equally like men. They expect a lot from their women. I won't make it there.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    I believe that the young people have an opportunity that cannot be rejected. Luck is the
                    ability to  recognize opportunity. This is our chance.

                                                                                At his moment Golda appears at the crossing.

                                                                                GOLDA
                    I came here to ask for advice how th handle my problems with my daughter Alice.

                                                                                BLOCH
                     What happened to Alice?

                                                                                GOLDA
                    She is packing her stuff and is going to join the Partisans. Imagine a young hot  blooded
                    girl serving with the Partisans. I am scared to think about it.  What shall I do?

                                                                                Rachel appears at the clearing

                                                                                RACHEL
                    What happened here? What is this meeting about?  I see everybody is here.

                                                                                JOEL
                    The Russian Partisans are passing this area and we think about joining them.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Joining the partisans? This is a fantastic idea.  What do you think Dietrich?

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                                                                                                                                                                   42.


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I have to think about it.

                                                                                GOLDA
                    Are you taking Alice with you? Am I remaining alone in this forbidden area?

                                                                                JOEL
                    Alice is not going with me. Maybe Arnold needs some headaches. One experience is
                    enough for me.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    You are already skinning the cat. I don't believe that finding the partisans will be that easy.
                    They move silently under the cover of the night. How are you going to find them?

                                                                                GOLDA
                    Thank God.

                                                                                JOEL
                    I am going to the village to get some   information.  Those people keep their eyes open and
                    know what is going on.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    Wait Joel, I am going with you.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Let me know what are you doing? Keep in touch.

                                                                                The whole group exits and Rachel remains alone
                                                                                with Dietrich.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich I think that we should join the partisans.  We would have a good chance to survive
                    the war.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    You know that I cannot do it. I am a German soldier and the Russians will not trust me.
                    They might kill me instead.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich we might join as a couple and they will take us. Why shouldn't they?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am a German Deserter but  I won't be a German traitor. There are things that I cannot do.
                    Period.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich, you are not betraying Germany or the German people. You are betraying the
                    Fascist Clique who lost their head and want to conquer the whole world. They are  insane.
                                              (pause)
                    Take General Pauling, the Commander of the German forces of  Stalingrad.  He is
                    broadcasting anti-Hitler propaganda from Russia. Is he a traitor?

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   43.


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Pauling is broadcasting propaganda but not shooting his fellow Germans. There is the
                    difference.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    You are a deserter and a killer already.  What are you losing by joining the Partisans?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Self esteem. Regardless of the situation, I need self esteem to function.  Don't I?

                                                                                RACHEL
                    The problem is that my needs are different. Joining the Partisans gives me  a chance for
                    survival. It gives me hope for the future.  Staying here is just waiting for the end.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I understand your point of view, but I cannot accept it.  I just can't.

                                                                                   RACHEL
                    Dietrich, we have to move on. I feel like I am enclosed in the Ghetto, living in fear and
                    waiting for death. It is really worse than in the Ghetto, there we had hope of escaping to
                    the forest. Now there is no hope of escaping from the forest, just a hope of finding an
                    honorable death in fighting the Germans.
                                              (pause)
                    Dietrich, I am too young for this. I want to live.  I want to survive.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I love you, I desire you, but I cannot be a traitor. My whole being, my soul, my body find
                    it  revolting.  Unfortunately it is not easy to be a German nowadays.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Unfortunately Hitler infested the whole world with his insanity and we are paying the price
                    for it.
                                              (pause)
                    Dietrich, we are so world apart that we cannot live together. I am leaving to join the
                    Russian partisans. I have to take the only chance given to me.

                                                                                END OF SCENE

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        10                                                                    SCENE 5  - THE RETURN                                                                    10

                                                                                SETTING:

                                                                                The forest clearing.

                                                        TIME:

                                                                                Three days later, at noon time.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   44.


        10                                                                    CONTINUED:                                                                               10

                                                        AT RISE:

                                                                                On one stump sits  Dietrich  cleaning his weapons
                                                                                and collecting all the cartridges. Rachel appears
                                                                                suddenly from behind the bushes. She looks haggard,
                                                                                tired and feeling dejected. She slowly approaches
                                                                                Dietrich.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Hello Dietrich, I am back.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Hello Rachel, I am glad to see you back.  I missed you so much. What happened? You
                    couldn't find the Russian Partisans?

                                                                                RACHEL
                    It is a long story. We walked for hours and hours, trying to find the partisans. We walked
                    mostly at night. The last night we felt very dejected and when we were almost ready to
                    call off the search, we suddenly heard voices.  The Russians wee sitting at campfires and
                    singing. The melody and the words we knew, It was the sing about a longing girl, Katiusha.
                                              (pause)
                    We were elated.  Without thinking too much, we ran toward  our liberators, yelling
                    "Zdraswujte Tovarishche" - Greeting Friends we are Jews.
                                              (pause)
                    Suddenly two armed sentries popped out. They trained their weapons on us yelling: Stop,
                    Stop immediately.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    You are lucky that they didn't shoot.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    We explained to them that we are Jews that escaped from the Ghetto, that we are all young
                    and want to join them in the fight against the Germans. With no effect.
                                              (Pause)
                    They yelled to us obscenities - Go away you cursed people.  Go away! We don't want you.
                                              (pause)
                    We asked to see the Commander and they replied again - Go away you cursed people.
                    Dejected we set out  on the return to this forest. It was an painful awakening. Nobody
                    wants us.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    It is not easy to be a German and it is more difficult to be a Jew. It looks like that we have
                    no choice but stick together.
                                              (pause)
                    You are back and we can resume our hate-love relationship.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    We never had a love-hate relationship. We are just worlds apart and couldn't live together.
                    There was no future in our relationship. Now at least we have a common course, we can
                    fight and die together.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   45.


        10                                                                    CONTINUED: (2)                                                                           10

                                                                                END OF SCENE

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        11                                                                    SCENE 6 - THE END                                                                        11

                                                        SETTING:

                                                                                The forest Clearing.

                                                                                TIME:

                                                                                Two weeks later.

                                                        AT RISE:

                                                                                Joel appears at the edge of the forest. He carries the
                                                                                Italian riffle and a box with cartridges. He slowly
                                                                                approaches Dietrich, sitting on the stump and
                                                                                cleaning his weapons.

                                                                                JOEL
                    Hi Dietrich. What are you doing?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am checking my weapons,  to make sure that they are in good shape, and everything is
                    ready for the defense. What news are you  bringing, Joel?

                                                                                At this moment Rachel appears. She is carrying some
                                                                                cases of ammunition. She turns  to Joel.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Hi Joel. How are you doing?  Are you bringing good news?

                                                                                JOEL
                    The news is not good. I was told that the Partisans realized that they cannot overcome us,
                    decided to let the Germans do the job.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Let the Germans do the job? How will they do it?

                                                                                JOEL
                    The Partisans alerted the Germans that a large Jewish group is infesting the forest. At the
                    same time all the Partisans are withdrawing their forces from here. They supposedly have
                    connections with the Local German authorities through the Ukrainian Militia. The
                    Commandant Baczynski is in close contact with the Partisans and is in good standing with
                    the German authorities. He will bring the Germans into the picture.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Are you sure that this information is true? It changes drastically our position.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   46.


        11                                                                    CONTINUED:                                                                               11

                                                                                JOEL
                    My contacts vouched for the veracity.  They gave me accurate and true information
                    previously.  They hate the Ukrainians and are doing everything possible to spoil their plan.
                                              (turning to Dietrich)
                    We are leaving tonight. I believe that you should leave also.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    I am a German,  look like a German, and I will be caught in no time. Here, at least I know
                    the area, and I have a better chance to survive.  I know the are quite well, and this gives
                    me an edge.

                                                                                JOEL
                    You are staying. Can I have a private word with Rachel?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Go ahead. I have no objections.

                                                                                Rachel looks intensively at Dietrich and then moves
                                                                                away to the other corner of the forest clearing.  She
                                                                                is followed by Joel carrying his Italian riffle.

                                                                                JOEL
                    All I said before is true. I have a proposition to make to you.  I do have a chance of
                    obtaining Christian birth certificates for two people about our age. I know a priest who
                    maintains the local Civil registrar.  I do have enough money to sustain us for one year on
                    Aryan papers. In a year the wart will be over.  Please come with me to Warsaw. There we
                    will be lost in the crowd. Here you will perish.

                                                                                 RACHEL
                    But why are you doing this?  What is in this for you.

                                                                                JOEL
                    I don't know why, but I like you. Could be that you are the only single Jewish girl available
                    in this forsaken area, and I like you.  I promise that I will not force myself on you.  We
                    will live like a brother and sister.
                                              (pause)
                    I offer you life without string attached.  I believe that is easier for two people to survive
                    than for a single man. This is my payout. Any time you want out, you can do it. You will
                    be a free person. After the war it will all be in your hands.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Thanks Joel, but I can't do it.

                                                                                JOEL
                    Why can't you do it? You are single and free. Aren't you?

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich saved my life, and I love him. I cannot leave him?

                                                                                JOEL
                    You told Dietrich that you cannot marry him and you can't live with him. So you give up
                    hope.  You want to die with  him. It doesn't make any sense. Why are you doing this? Why?

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   47.


        11                                                                    CONTINUED: (2)                                                                           11

                                                                                RACHEL
                    It is hard to explain, but I hope to be reunited with him, in death.

                                                                                JOEL
                    I can't understand this. You went through so much and it is the obligation of any Jew to
                    stay alive, to survive and bear witness to the senseless atrocities committed by man upon
                    man. We have to keep the flame going and you are coping  out.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    I am a weak human being with limited abilities to adjust. I can't do it. I can't leave him in
                    those trying hours.

                                                                                JOEL
                    You adjusted splendidly. Don't knock yourself down. Let me ask you a question. Under
                    what conditions would you join me? Is it possible.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Despite the outward appearances, I do like you and I respect you. It is my immaturity that
                    is at   fault. I can't do otherwise.  It is a deep seated force that keeps me here.  I can't help it.

                                                                                JOEL
                    I am sorry that I failed to convince you to try to save yourself. Let me give you one advice.
                    I was very close to my father.  He was a smart and successful man. When I have to make
                    a difficult decision I ask myself a question - What would my father advice me to do? I
                    usually follow his advice, to my great benefit. Why don't you ask yourself the same question?

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Joel, I don't have ask myself this question.  My Father appears to me almost every other
                    night and admonishes me constantly. I know that he doesn't approve my behavior.

                                                                                JOEL
                    So why are you doing it?  You loved your father, didn't you?

                                                                                Rachel remains silent,and Joel proceeds talking.

                                                                                JOEL
                    Rachel, please take this riffle from me.  I don't need and it is no use for me. I am not giving
                    up the fight for survival. I am sorry that you can't or won't join me.

                                                                                Rachel accepts the riffle and kisses Joel a brotherly kiss.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Good Bye Joel.  Let God bless you and guide you.  Come say Good Bye to Dietrich.

                                                                                They both approach Dietrich still cleaning his weapon.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich, Joel offered me to go with him into hiding on Aryan papers. He is going to
                    Warsaw. I refused him.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   48.


        11                                                                    CONTINUED: (3)                                                                           11

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Why did you do it? Was it on my account? Why don't you go with him?  I have no chances,
                    I have to stay.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    I could not go with Joel, but I willingly will leave with you.  Why don't we leave?

                                                                                Before Dietrich could answer her, Bloch and Mrs.
                                                                                Bloch appeared at the clearing

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Hello Dietrich. Hello Rachel.  We came to say Good Bye and to convince you to come
                    with us. You will be lost in the crowd.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I can't go.  I will not run scared.  I will fight back.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    I came to say good bye and to thank you for your friendship and protection. Because  of
                    you those days in the forest were the  best days of my life. It sounds incredible but it is true.
                                              (pause)
                    You see we lost a baby in the Ghetto. Lost a baby? No, we killed our baby with our own
                    hands. We killed a six month old baby girl, to protect the lives of a dozen scared adults.
                                              (pause)
                    Why did we kill  her? Because she did what all normal babes do - they cry. She cried at
                    the wrong time.  The Germans were on top  of the bunker and a crying baby would alert
                    them.
                                              (Pause)
                    So we put a pillow to the babies face and pushed it hard. She stopped crying and when the
                    Germans were gone the baby was gone too. She was dead.
                                              (pause)
                    Our life in the Ghetto was a chain of recriminations and suffering. Every stone in the
                    Ghetto reminded us the baby. We lived in fear and pain fueled by painful memories.
                                              (pause)
                    It is here in the forest that our memories dulled and we lived like free people, close to
                    nature. And it is here that we started to dream about survival and creating a new family.
                    We regained our hope, our sanity and our dignity.
                                              (pause)
                    Dietrich, the could not be done without your protection and guidance.  Thank you very
                    much and please come with us. Do not waste two young lives for a lofty idea.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich, Mr. Bloch convinced me that we should escape from here. We will not fight the
                    mighty German Army and win. The Germans will not stay here more than a week and they
                    will withdraw.  We can come back and live to see better days.
                                              (pause)
                    Dietrich, this notion of proving himself through fighting to the end is a very childish notion.
                    Dietrich, I need you and your mother needs you,  You can't throw your life away.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   49.


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                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I am a failure.  Whatever I do I fail. I lost a girl friend, my buddies, I deserted the army,
                    but worst of all Rachel, you rejected me by refusing to marry me. You reinforced the
                    feeling of failure. I have nothing to live for. Only through a courageous fight I can redeem
                    myself, in my own eyes.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Dietrich we all have you in high esteem including Rachel. She just  rejected a offer by Joel
                    who offered her to go into hiding with him on Aryan papers. He offered her a chance to
                    survive, and she rejected the offer to stay with you. She loves you and you should save
                    yourself by leaving with us. And we need you.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Fate had played a dirty joke on me. I was rescued from the gas chambers and brought here
                    to the forest, where I got a taste of paradise. Here I found love, real love. But on the same
                    time the gates to paradise are closed to me by a chain of 2000 years of persecution of my
                    people.  Can I free myself from those chains by forsaking of all my forefathers, and go my
                    own lonely way? No, Dietrich I can't do it.
                                              (pause)
                    Despite everything said, I love you but our love has to wait until we fill in gulf separating
                    us and our people. We have to wait. But this doesn't mean collective suicide. I want to
                    reunite with you during our lifetime, but not in death.
                                              (pause)
                    Please Dietrich lets leave. Let's live for a better day. We have to live for the  future and
                    not for the past.  Please,  Dietrich let's go.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Rachel, I cannot avoid the fight.  I have pride.  I will not die a scared man.  I have to face
                    danger head on.  I cannot do otherwise.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Rachel, are you going with us? It is high time to make a decision, the Germans can be here
                    any moment.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    No. I will stay with Dietrich, and pay the full price of my love. We cannot be united in life
                    but at least we will be reunited in death.
                                              (pause)
                    Joel gave me his riffle, now you have to teach me how to use it.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich, it is insane to give up hope for survival. Let's move.  We will have many
                    opportunities to fight.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    It is more complicated than it looks. I am a deserter and I killed a German Policeman.  I
                    will put on trial, maybe tortured and killed later. By staying and fighting I do avoid the
                    humiliation and dishonor that I will bring on my family. In our society you never look
                    down on a man putting up an honest fight. I am sorry but I can't do otherwise. I have to
                    face the music.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   50.


        11                                                                    CONTINUED: (5)                                                                           11

                                                                                At this point Arnold appears at the clearing.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    I am bringing exciting news.  It is really unbelievable. The column of German soldiers
                    unexpectedly encountered an Ukrainian Partisans group and a firefight developed. The
                    Germans are destroying the Partisan group and wiping them out. I believe that the fight
                    and the mopping up operation will last at least three days. This gives us time to relocate
                    deeper into the forest and wait until the Germans depart. We have to move,  there is
                    nothing to loose.

                                                                                BLOCH
                    Thanks Arnold for the good news. Nevertheless we will not stick around here.  We are
                    collecting the most needed stuff, the remainder we will hide in dense bushes and w are
                    moving deeper into the forest. Good Bye Dietrich. Good Bye Rachel we are leaving.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Dietrich. Why shouldn't we relocate deeper into the forest?  The fight can wait for better
                    days?

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    You are right.  Go collect our belongings and lets keep moving.  I will stand guard here
                    until you are ready.

                                                                                RACHEL
                    Thanks Dietrich.  You are a doll.

                                                                                Rachel runs over to  and kisses him. Then she exits
                                                                                the clearing going to the bunker, to pack up.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    Arnold, do you know the forest well?

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    I know it, but not too well.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    What is the best way to reach the deep forest without running into villages.

                                                                                ARNOLD
                    We are following the small track leading mostly north-west. The track is to narrow to be
                    used by horse and buggies and therefore the safest way  of reaching the deep forest.
                    Dietrich Good Luck to all of us.  I have to go. Good Bye friend.

                                                                                Arnold exits

                                                                                Dietrich sits down below a bush and starts to talk
                                                                                loudly.

                                                                                DIETRICH
                    I left the Army because I wanted to survive the war in a peaceful manner, far away from
                    the violent battle fields, far from the contagious human folly called patriotism.
                                                                                (more)

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   51.


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                                                                                DIETRICH (CONTINUED)
                                              (pause)
                    Things did not worked out as expected. I got involved with a Jewish girl that brought a
                    turmoil into my life, I became a killer. I became part of a community of Jewish refugees.
                    And most probably I will die a violent death. Is something wrong with me or with the
                    human race?

                                                                                At this point Rachel emerges from the bunker loaded
                                                                                with bundles of their belongings. At the same
                                                                                moment a hail of bullets hit the area. Dietrich
                                                                                crouches on the ground and starts to return fire, but
                                                                                after a short time he stops shooting, He is wounded.
                                                                                He starts to shout.

                                                                                DIETRICH.
                    Rachel I am wounded.  Run for your life.  Run! Run!

                                                                                Rachel drops the bundles, picks up the Italian riffle
                                                                                and shooting start s to run toward Dietrich.

                                                                                RACHEL.
                    Hold on Dietrich. I am coming to the rescue.  Hold on.

                                                                                She reaches Dietrich but at the same time she is hit
                                                                                by a bullet and falls down next to Dietrich. The fire
                                                                                fight subsides and Rachel and Dietrich  lie side by
                                                                                side, both wounded.

                                                                                Soon a German Officer accompanied by a soldier
                                                                                approach the wounded couple. He kicks Rachel with
                                                                                his booth and then shoots her in the head. He turns
                                                                                to the soldier.


                    Take the German soldier to the hospital. We need people. The Jewish woman leave here.
                    Let her rot in the field.

                                                                                END OF SCENE

        12                                                                    SCENE 7 - EPILOG                                                                         12

                                                        SETTING:

                                                                                The clearing in the forest in the winter time

                                                        TIME:

                                                                                Winter of 1944.

                                                                                                                                (CONTINUED)


                                                                                                                                                                   52.


        12                                                                    CONTINUED:                                                                               12

                                                        AT RISE:

                                                                                The clearing is covered with heavy snow. Two
                                                                                Russian Soldiers stand at the frozen body of a young
                                                                                woman. A lot of spent cartridges are visible laying
                                                                                on the surrounding bushes.

                                                                                SOLDIER #1.
                    We are supposed to be intelligence scout, and we got lost in a small forest. Shame on us.
                    Luckily we made a interesting discovery. We discovered the body a young woman fighting
                    heroically with the German Fascist. She must have been a Russian Partisan.
                                              (pause)
                    Unfortunately we don't know her name.

                                                                                SOLDIER #2
                    She reminds me a neighbor of mine, called Svetlana Rybkova. Lets write a report
                    describing the heroic battles of Svetlana Rybkova. She deserves the title of A Hero of the
                    Soviet Union.

                                                                                NARRATOR

                                                                                So ended the story if two lovers who could not live
                                                                                together and were not allowed to die together. Rachel
                                                                                the Rabbi daughter became a Hero Of the Soviet
                                                                                Union and was introduced to the Pantheon of Russian
                                                                                Heroes, becoming an inspiration for the Russian
                                                                                children.

                                                                                END OF PLAY



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