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Unformatted text preview: ening to me, because to put it bluntly, I tire me. When I start thinking like that, I become so exhausted, and I
don’t have the luxury of indulging fatigue. I’m compelled to continue on, because although it’s not true for
every person on earth, it’s true for the vast majority—that death waits for no man—and if he does, he doesn’t
usually wait very long.
On June 23, 1942, there was a group of French Jews in a German prison, on Polish soil. The first person I took
was close to the door, his mind racing, then reduced to pacing, then slowing down, slowing down. . . .
Please believe me when I tell you that I picked up each soul that day as if it were newly born. I even kissed a
few weary, poisoned cheeks. I listened to their last, gasping cries. Their vanishing words. I watched their love
visions and freed them from their fear. I took them all away, and if ever there was a time I needed distraction, this was it. In complete desolation, I
looked at the world above. I watched the sky as it turned from silver to gray to the color of rain. Even the clouds
were trying to get away.
Sometimes I imagined how everything looked above those clouds, knowing without question that the sun was
blond, and the endless atmosphere was a giant blue eye.
They were French, they were Jews, and they were you. PART SEVEN
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In the summer of 1942, the town of Molching was preparing for the inevitable. There were still people who
refused to believe that this small town on Munich’s outskirts could be a target, but the majority of the
population was well aware that it was not a question of if, but when. Shelters were more clearly marked,
windows were in the process of being blackened for the nights, and everyone knew where the closest basement
or cellar was.
For Hans Hubermann, this uneasy development was actually a slight...
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