Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Prinsoner Numbers


Last week, I wrote about Bobeshi Rivqah. If you’d like to catch-up click here. This story does stand alone. Ironically, the locked cages in the photograph had the same feel as the ones shown at the Florida Holocaust Museum in Tampa, Florida.

Mama, can I go outside?”

“Go! But, don’t go far.”

From my stoop, I watched Mrs.O’Doherty and Bobeshi Rivqah talking.

“Rivqah, you’re telling me they used the same numbers?”

“Yes, can you believe that?” 

Mrs.O’Doherty shook her head from side to side.

“They reused prisoner numbers from the dead; especially, is if they were moved to another camp,” Rivqah said. “Dehumanizing!” 

Slowly, I made my way towards them.

They were taking about something I’d wondered about.

“Why do you have numbers on your arm, Bobeshi?”

She hugged me and said, “One day, you’ll know kleyn meydl, one day.”

2019©Isadora DeLaVega


Genre: Historical

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt:©JHardy

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***** Stoop: a porch with steps in front of a house or other building.

***** Prisoner numbers in the system of German Nazi concentration camps. The prisoner numbers have become a synonym of dehumanization that struck the deportees of the concentration camp. These numbers were to serve efficient “management” of camps, performed by the SS teams. ©

***** kleyn meydl / קליין מיידל – little girl

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

24 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Prinsoner Numbers

  1. To be reduced to recycled number was devastating… but at least his number never came up again…


  2. I like the voice of your character “Bobeshi.” And the horror continues!


  3. This reminds me so much of Rochelle’s stories about persecution. My heart aches for the little girl who is not yet aware of the atrocities committed by our fellow humans. A poignant, well-writen tale, Izzy.

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  4. These two pieces are heart breaking Issy and all the more so for what is left to the imagination.


  5. I’ve often wondered about the enormity of the task of identifying people and the lengths the Nazis went to in keeping records. It is chilling the way they went about it. A shame her innocence will be crushed one day soon, but we must not forget. Good story.

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    • Thank you, Lain. I must say that I too have wondered about their reason for doing this inventory of people. It seems extremely sadistic and psychotic. I believe it will be a subject that we will never know the answers to. I appreciate your kind words about my story.
      Isadora 😎

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  6. bobeshi was very lucky to have survived. millions brought their numbers along with them to the grave.

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  7. Querida Isadora,

    Most of those numbers are being retired permanently. Demasiados numeros. Muy triste. Bien escrito mi amiga. Makes my heart hurt.

    Shalom y abrazos,


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    • Querida Rochelle,
      I make no claims on having the extensive knowledge that you have. You can be a spokesperson for this subject. People would hear you. Your voice speaks of the horror that we should never be allowed to forget.
      These people I’ve added in my stories lived in my little orthodox jewish neighborhood. I listened, observed and learned from them all about how the world isn’t necessarily a very nice place for humanity. Heartache is in every word of those who lived through it.
      Gracias mi amiga por sus buenas palabras. Siempre lo aprecio.
      Abrazos y Carino,
      Isadora 😎


  8. Such a poignant and sad tale! Excellent take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  9. Wonderfully done, Isadora. She will learn the truth one day because we must never forget…

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    • Yes, we must never forget. This is such a horrific thing that it, at times, can feel surreal. Let’s hope we can make a better world for the children of tomorrow. There are too many abductions, rapes, abuse and mass school shootings. Children are living in a very intense world. Sad … and … heartbreaking. Thank you, Dale. Have a lovely weekend …
      Isadora 😎

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  10. I imagine she’s too young to deal with such matters just yet. When I first saw the photo I was reminded of the S21 Prison in Cambodia where hundreds were tortured and perished at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. Visiting it was a day I’ll never get over.

    Here’s my tale!

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    • You know, Keith, I was reminded of the same thing. There is a museum for the veterans a few miles from me that has an actually have one of these cages. I was going to go that way with my story but thoguht I would add to last weeks story. War … there are never any winners. ~~~~ : – (
      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience.
      Isadora 😎

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  11. Innocence is so precious!

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  12. A very touching story. Some day she will lose her innocence and learn the harsh realities of hatred… Hopefully she can hang on to that innocence a little longer.

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    • Thank you, Trent. I wish children could stay innocent. Sadly, it’s a big bad world and there’s always danger lurking around every corner. It may not be this type of horror but abductions, rape, abuse and mass shootings of children is at alarming levels. Perhaps, one day things might change.
      Isadora 😎

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