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The Ways We Hide


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Arie made the impossible choice between betraying his fellow soldiers or protecting his niece. Or was it an impossible choice?

Created: 09/12/22

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Posted Sep. 12, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
chrisnicel

Join Date: 07/11/22

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Arie made the impossible choice between betraying his fellow soldiers or protecting his niece. Or was it an impossible choice?

Aire had two sets of lives in his hands: his fellow soldiers or his sister's daughter. If he walked from either, someone would die. Is this a difficult moral dilemma or a clear choice?


Posted Sep. 12, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
marks

Join Date: 02/25/19

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RE: Arie made the impossible choice ...

It is a perfect example of being caught between a rock and a hard place. Both options could be considered right and neither was absolutely wrong. As Arie tells it, he did the best he could to protect his niece without actually betraying his fellow soldiers. While he may not have been perfect, it would be very difficult to survive while associating with people like Arie was talking to without providing information that could be deemed useful.


Posted Sep. 13, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
smallino

Join Date: 06/06/21

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RE: Arie made the impossible choice ...

It was an impossible choice and I often wonder how much of a hero I’d be in that same situation. But his actions could have killed so many more allies. During war I’m afraid you can never defend support for the other side without ultimately being called a traitor. And this was the nazis!


Posted Sep. 14, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
cindyb

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RE: Arie made the impossible choice ...

In an impossible situation like the one Arie faced I think it is unfair to judge another’s choice as few of us really know what we would choose faced with such an agonizing decision.


Posted Sep. 14, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
chrisnicel

Join Date: 07/11/22

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RE: Arie made the impossible choice ...

My heart was aching during this part of the book.


Posted Sep. 15, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
smallino

Join Date: 06/06/21

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RE: Arie made the impossible choice ...

And in the end the British government was ambivalent about returning his body? So many left behind. I thought their response right, even if Aries personal choice was defensible, on a personal level. But not in the best interest of his country.


Posted Sep. 17, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
susanr

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RE: Arie made the impossible choice ...

It was a tough choice for Aries and I don't know what I'd have done in a similar situation. Was he a hero to his county - NO but he was a hero to his family.


Posted Sep. 17, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Janet Smith

Join Date: 07/28/14

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RE: Arie made the impossible choice ...

Agree that it was an impossible choice. I feel he made the right choice in supporting family.


Posted Sep. 17, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
kimk

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RE: Arie made the impossible choice ...

I'm not sure I agree that it was an "impossible" choice, although I do think it was a difficult one. Seems to me like it was a no-brainer. Soldiers sign up realizing there's a chance they could die, while Arie's niece was an innocent, caught up in events she didn't even understand, let alone control. When forced to choose one over the other, I think most would agree he made the right call.


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joanw

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RE: Arie made the impossible choice ...

As sated, who knows what we would do in any situation without actually being in it. Too many circumstances, feelings etc could make you go either way


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gerrieb

Join Date: 09/03/19

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RE: Arie made the impossible choice ...

I agree with Joanw and cindyb.
I can’t judge his actions without any false pride. I know things were done by many in war time that they would NEVER have imagined themselves capable of doing. The demands of war are unimaginable to people like myself, who have been blessed to never have to had osuffered and endured it by the valor of those who have served.


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