Copyright © 2009 Robert McCurdy
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Dedicated to the people of Poland
My thanks to my readers, who make it all worthwhile, and especially to my wife, Margie, for her advice and assistance.
When Dr. Kownowski was first informed about the deaths of the young mother and her two small children, there was a sense of elation that it would provide the solution to the problem that had been on his mind for months.
Guilt, however, came quickly on the heels of his initial reaction. He reminded himself that no physician should find anything fortunate about the death of anyone, let alone those whose lives had ended so prematurely.
As district health officer, it was his responsibility to investigate the circumstances of the deaths, including taking custody of the bodies. This formed the essential element to fulfilling the promise the doctor had made to his friend in Warsaw at the beginning of the year.
Officer Banislaw had brought word of the tragedy. The policeman had arrived breathless, having pedaled his bicycle the fifteen kilometers to Wisnow, where the government clinic was located. He urged the doctor to fetch his own bicycle and accompany him back to the village. Kownowski declined, declaring instead that he would have to arrange for motor transport. He instructed the policeman to return to the scene and stand guard until his arrival.