Beneath the Snow
When Mykhailo must report to his German commanders in Kharkiv, he discovers that the Ukrainian city is under starvation and siege in the coldest winter in recent history. With Christmas approaching, he feels homesick and seeks out accommodation with his own countrymen, able to provide food in return. However, his visit makes him realise that his involvement in the German army is nothing less than fratricide. His choices are clear: stay on the Eastern Front or desert the army and go home, knowing full well that he -- and his family -- may end up with the others, buried beneath the snow.
This is a short story excerpt from my published novel, "Deep Wells, Burning Forests", available on Amazon by C.K. Lucyk. Based on true accounts.
Includes a video clip of the new dramatic film, "Bitter Harvest", out in theaters now!
Dedicated to the Ukrainians who are fighting for their country again and to all who are suffering from oppression and violence, or are far, far away from their homeland as we celebrate Christmas.