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who had no other reason to
steal except that he enjoyed it.
His name was Viktor Chemmel.
Unlike most people engaged in the various arts of thievery, Viktor Chemmel had it all. He lived in the best part
of Molching, high up in a villa that had been fumigated when the Jews were driven out. He had money. He had
cigarettes. What he wanted, however, was more.
“No crime in wanting a little more,” he claimed, lying back in the grass with a collection of boys assembled
around him. “Wanting more is our fundamental right as Germans. What does our Führer say?” He answered his
own rhetoric. “We must take what is rightfully ours!”
At face value, Viktor Chemmel was clearly your typical teenage bullshit artist. Unfortunately, when he felt like
revealing it, he also possessed a certain charisma, a kind of follow me.
When Liesel and Rudy approached the group by the river, she heard him ask another question. “So where are
these two deviants you’ve been bragging about? It’s ten past four already.”
“Not by my watch,” said Rudy.
Viktor Chemmel propped himself up on an elbow. “You’re not wearing a watch.”
“Would I be here if I was rich enough to own a watch?”
The new leader sat up fully and smiled, with straight white teeth. He then turned his casual focus onto the girl.
“Who’s the little whore?” Liesel, well accustomed to verbal abuse, simply watched the fog-ridden texture of his
“Last year,” she listed, “I stole at least three hundred apples and dozens of potatoes. I have little trouble with
barbed wire fences and I can keep up with anyone here.”
“Is that right?” “Yes.” She did not shrink or step away. “All I ask is a small part of anything we take. A dozen apples here or
there. A few leftovers for me and my friend.”
“Well, I suppose that can be arranged.” Viktor lit a cigarette and raised it to his mouth. He made a concerted
effort to blow his next mouthful in Liesel’s face.
Liesel did not cough.
It was the sa...
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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.
- Winter '13