Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

email signup Blog Video Facebook Twitter Instagram

David Douglas Duncan


The Fragile Miracle of Martin Gray
previous / index / next

Martin Gray, wrapped in a blanket, and his dog stand on the stoop of their stone farmhouse.

"Martin [Gray] stood motionless at his door not feeling the rain, as a flood of lost faces from Warsaw and Treblinka, and now Tanneron, threatened to destroy him and all remnants of his tragic life . . . An old shepherd's cape protected the shoulder he burned while rescuing a bedridden peasant neighbor from a shack on the nearest hill, when he thought his own family was safe . . . Lady, [one of the family dogs, also suffered and] wilted when her mate perished with Dina. She never barked again, never raised her head, never ate again. Three weeks after the fire she vanished into the mists along the horizon to die. Then only Martin heard voices at Tanneron. [October 1970.]" The Fragile Miracle of Martin Gray, p. 41.