Ancestral treasures

PHOTO PROMPT © Renee Heath

Tshepo was silhouetted against the setting sun, beer bottle raised against the dying light. “To our success!”

“Cheers to that!” Brenda, Gift and Tshepo tipped their bottles together.

“Do you think the police will find out we stole it?” Gift whispered.

“Nah.” replied Tshepo, after some thought. “It’s not worth much anyway. Doubt anyone will miss it.”

“It is priceless to us.” said Gift, firmly.

Gogo was a great artist.” mused Brenda, gazing at its colours as a tear fell onto her cheek. “She’d be happy to know her painting is home. After all these years.”

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I based this loosely on true stories of Jewish families who have had their family assets, arts and jewellery, seized by the Nazis. And whose living relatives fight court battles to reclaim these priceless treasures today.

Gogo means grandmother in some African languages, particular to the Zulu language.

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26 thoughts on “Ancestral treasures

    1. It is a great reflection of your integrity and values that you pointed this out! Trying to rectify historical crimes is no easy task. And I’m with you on the stealing thing. Most people take the legal route.

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  1. Love the path you chose to walk with this one… the returning of treasures. I remember how overwhelmingly joyed, and sad, I felt when a treasured possession that had been my Gr. Grandfather’s (stolen and sold by family at his death) was returned to me many years later. There aren’t really words to express correctly the feelings… Thank you for the memory! 🙂 ❤

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  2. We feel the sadness, the sense of history, the evil of the marauders who usurped the right to others’ possessions. Wish it would all end. Repercussions down through the generations.


  3. I love this. In only a few words you sketch the characters so well. They brought the treasured art back into the family, not an easy task and it obviously needed desperate measures. It is part of the atrocities–with the Nazis, and elsewhere: wiping out the whole culture, people, memories, art…


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