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For more than a decade, it all worked.
Hans Junior and Trudy were born. They grew up making visits to their papa at work, slapping paint on walls
and cleaning brushes. When Hitler rose to power in 1933, though, the painting business fell slightly awry. Hans didn’t join the
NSDAP like the majority of people did. He put a lot of thought into his decision.
THE THOUGHT PROCESS OF
He was not well-educated or political, but if
nothing else, he was a man who appreciated
fairness. A Jew had once saved his life and
he couldn’t forget that. He couldn’t join a
party that antagonized people in such a way.
Also, much like Alex Steiner, some of his
most loyal customers were Jewish. Like many
of the Jews believed, he didn’t think the
hatred could last, and it was a conscious
decision not to follow Hitler. On many
levels, it was a disastrous one.
Once the persecution began, his work slowly dried up. It wasn’t too bad to begin with, but soon enough, he was
losing customers. Handfuls of quotes seemed to vanish into the rising Nazi air.
He approached an old faithful named Herbert Bollinger—a man with a hemispheric waistline who spoke
Hochdeutsch (he was from Hamburg)—when he saw him on Munich Street. At first, the man looked down, past
his girth, to the ground, but when his eyes returned to the painter, the question clearly made him uncomfortable.
There was no reason for Hans to ask, but he did.
“What’s going on, Herbert? I’m losing customers quicker than I can count.”
Bollinger didn’t flinch anymore. Standing upright, he delivered the fact as a question of his own. “Well, Hans.
Are you a member?”
But Hans Hubermann knew exactly what the man was talking about.
“Come on, Hansi,” Bollinger persisted. “Don’t make me spell it out.”
The tall painter waved him away and walked on.
As the years passed by, the Jews were being terrorized at random throughout the country, and in the spring of
1937, almost to his shame, Hans Hu...
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