16 May, 2011
The first line made me think of the sitcom Hogan's Heroes with Colonel Klink. I guess that sets my age.
The story begins with him attending a Memorial Day ceremony at a cemetery and his memory of the day at the Russian line near Otradnoye when he'd been ordered to kill the woman hiding in a cellar. He's never told anyone the story and each year the burden of the memory affects him.
"Klink feels that his daughter's flat face; her thick body, cased in course skin and dotted with moles, has been too heavy a source of sorrow."
Heidi Naylor winner, New Letters
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