By Sid Fleischman
One evening the nice Freddie, a tender ventriloquist, is possessed through a dybbuk. A what? A Jewish spirit. A scrappy demon who glows as though spray-painted via moonlight. The dybbuk is printed to be the ghost of a twelve-year-old boy named Avrom Amos, a sufferer of the Nazis in the course of global struggle II. In a plucky scheme to hunt revenge, he commandeers the nice Freddie's degree act and entraps the entertainer within the postwar ashes of Germany. in the back of the footlights, the dybbuk lighting fixtures up the bad destiny of one million and a part Jewish childrens, together with Avrom himself. What methods does the dybbuk have up his ghostly sleeve? arrange to be astonished. . . .
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Stop possessing me! Stop talking from my lips! ” Freddie replied. He left a tip on the table and walked out. Bristling, he glanced back, as if he might have left the dybbuk sitting there. Not that cheeky kid. No such luck. � 38 � �5� At the crack of dawn, Freddie sat through a candlelit mass in a small church a block from his hotel. As soon as the service ended, he stopped the little priest before the holy man could disappear into the shadows. “Father,” said the ventriloquist. ” “And how. ” “You may be imagining it,” said the priest.
Said The Great Freddie. ” “I’ve got a date after the show. ” “That fake Spanish dancer? I caught her act. She’s got feet like woodpeckers. ” “You want to be alone? ” “Better than that. Bail out! ” � 32 � The Entertainer and the Dybbuk At that moment the Greek acrobat came in and looked around. ” “Talking to myself,” replied the ventriloquist, breaking into a sweat. � 33 � �4� It was a balmy night. The Great Freddie and his black-haired dancer stepped out into the street. They found a hole-in-the-wall restaurant for a late bite to eat.
Asked the driver. ” The taxi driver hesitated and then nodded. “I’ve seen some work going on in a synagogue in the old port quarter. ” When the taxi pulled up at a small, thickwalled building with most of its windows broken out, Freddie took it to have been abandoned during the war. A burst of heavy hammering came echoing from inside. Freddie saw a wide-shouldered man on a ladder paneling one of the walls. He wore a small, embroidered skullcap, a yarmulke, that seemed to cling to his head by faith alone.