fragment from Tudor Musatescu

The whole company stood at attention, waiting in the barracks’ courtyard. The warrant officer scratches his head under his cap, looks at his soldiers from one end to the other of the line and suddenly decidedly gives his order:

“All Romanians three steps forward!”

Tramp, tramp, tramp!…Three quarters of the company take three steps forward rhythmically.

The warrant officer proudly considers them for the moment and then addresses the others:

“Muslim, stand by. Catholics two steps forward and Jews one step behind.”

Tramp, tramp, tramp!…The few Turks in the company stand by, the Jews step back and more than half of the Romanians take two steps forward.

The officer is puzzled by the confusion created by his last order.

Many would still be puzzled today by this reality…

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