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the bread, the Jews, and the whip, the round-faced sergeant gave out a short spurt of laughter. “You’re lucky to
be alive.” His eyes were also round and he was constantly wiping them. They were either tired or itchy or full of
smoke and dust. “Just remember that the enemy here is not in front of you.”
Hans was about to ask the obvious question when a voice arrived from behind. Attached to it was the slender
face of a young man with a smile like a sneer. Reinhold Zucker. “With us,” he said, “the enemy isn’t over the
hill or in any specific direction. It’s all around.” He returned his focus to the letter he was writing. “You’ll see.”
In the messy space of a few months, Reinhold Zucker would be dead. He would be killed by Hans Hubermann’s
As the war flew into Germany with more intensity, Hans would learn that every one of his shifts started in the
same fashion. The men would gather at the truck to be briefed on what had been hit during their break, what
was most likely to be hit next, and who was working with whom.
Even when no raids were in operation, there would still be a great deal of work to be done. They would drive
through broken towns, cleaning up. In the truck, there were twelve slouched men, all rising and falling with the
various inconsistencies in the road.
From the beginning, it was clear that they all owned a seat.
Reinhold Zucker’s was in the middle of the left row.
Hans Hubermann’s was at the very back, where the daylight stretched itself out. He learned quickly to be on the
lookout for any rubbish that might be thrown from anywhere in the truck’s interior. Hans reserved a special
respect for cigarette butts, still burning as they whistled by. A COMPLETE LETTER HOME
To my dear Rosa and Liesel,
Everything is fine here.
I hope you are both well.
With love, Papa
In late November, he had his first smoky taste of an actual raid. The truck was mobbed by rubble and there was...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2014 for the course ENG 99 taught by Professor Michal during the Winter '13 term at CSU Sacramento.
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