THE LOVE CHILD

CROOKED MIRROR - THE LOVE CHILD

Do you know him?
No way! He is not Joshua at all. he has gone cuckoo for sure.
His name is just Janek. And not any Liebeskind but Klis.
That's how he was born. And all his Jewishness is just a hole in the head!
He was not here for a long time. He lived almost all his life in the city.
Aniela took him there when she left the village.
She brought him up there alone. Like a mother.
He probably wondered why in the papers stayed not Aniela but Genowefa like his grandmother.
Wonder he did not even find this out when he had to sign papers when both old Klis' passed away. Probably Aniela again had told him a lie.
He came here after her death. To look after that Liebeskind.
Because Aniela confessed before she died that the papers were wrong.
And that his father was one Liebeskind, they kept hidden on their farm during the German occupation. And, when that Liebeskind was killed, to avoid any gossip, they pretended that it was Aniela's mother gave birth to Janek and put it in the books.
When Janek came here, everyone was looking at him like he was crazy.
The grandparents were dead, and nobody wanted to tell him anything.
And when he said that he had converted to Judaism, many did not even want to talk with him.
And nobody will tell him anything, because he would probably go crazy from this story.
Well, maybe not, because he in advance was not quite normal.
You know. We knew this Liebeskind before the war.
He was a teacher at the elementary school here.
He came here just a year before the war.
Supposedly right after passing the exam and it was his first job.
So young and handsome. There was a lot of womankind, who had a good eye for him.
He was also put into the ghetto. But he managed to escape when the Germans begun to empty the ghetto for people. 
He came to us to the village. The Klis family knew him because the Klis woman sometimes cleaned up at his station. So he stayed with them.
Everybody in the village knew it, but hold their mouths closed.
Who denounced him? Nobody did!
The old Klis chopped him down!
How it happened? As this Liebeskind was hiding with them, Aniela insisted that he would teach her good reading and writing. The old Klis immediately reared up.
She finished her four classes' education, so what, goddamn, she needed more?
But Aniela pleaded her mother and together they turned him over.
And everything was fine for a while. Aniela was so happy that one could hear her joyful songs all over the village.
Until the old Klis saw what had begun to grow from all that teaching! What a shame!
That Liebeskind fled crying from Klis. He shouted that they love each other and that he wanted to marry Aniela. But the old Klis did not listen to him, and he stabbed him almost on the eyes of the whole village.
No. The case came never to the court. Everyone in the village knew why it was happened. And no one mentioned it. Only Aniela was very unhappy and cried a lot.
Because she had an eye on him since he was a teacher here.
She said that he did not want it at first, because he was afraid of what can happen.
But their love weakened all his resistance.
She even wanted to kill herself. So they had to keep her locked in an outhouse for a month. And then they arranged that the child would pretend to be the old Klis woman child, so it would look better for the others.
But Aniela newer wanted another man.
And she left for the city immediately after the war. Together with Janek.
As if it will be easier for the old Klis to make the living without a burden of a little child.
And it stayed in that manner for good. She visited the village with Janek very often. Janek was newer close with the grandparents. And he always came askew with the old Klis. Like he felt something was not right.
So why tell him all this?
Just to make him even more confused?
So better let it be as it is.