The Dark Room - "Micha," Belarus, Spring 1999 Summary & Analysis

Rachel Seiffert
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"Micha," Belarus, Spring 1999 Summary

Micha arrives again at the home of the Kolesnik's to find Elena angry that he cannot stay longer. He explains through a translator that he must return to work. Elena gives him Jozef's room, which makes Micha uncomfortable. He wishes to tell Elena that he was not Jozef's friend, nor hers, but finds the words too cruel. Micha spends the night on the floor of the bedroom.

The next morning, Elena takes Micha to the gravesite, but Micha is again uncomfortable, feeling nothing for the death of the old man. As they leave, Elena takes Micha farther away from home, to a small clearing in the forest. Elena is crying freely, and mimes a soldier firing a rifle. Micha suddenly understands that this is the place Jozef and his Opa murdered Jews and watches as Elena wipes her tears into the...

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