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Unformatted text preview: the counter of your grocery shop, but sits in the back, smoking his pipe. Before you know it, you’ll
be working for him at minimum wage while he can hardly walk from the weight in his pockets. Will you simply
stand there and let him do this? Will you stand by as your leaders did in the past, when they gave your land to
everybody else, when they sold your country for the price of a few signatures? Will you stand out there,
powerless? Or”—and now he stepped one rung higher—“will you climb up into this ring with me?”
Max shook. Horror stuttered in his stomach.
Adolf finished him. “Will you climb in here so that we can defeat this enemy together?”
In the basement of 33 Himmel Street, Max Vandenburg could feel the fists of an entire nation. One by one they
climbed into the ring and beat him down. They made him bleed. They let him suffer. Millions of them—until
one last time, when he gathered himself to his feet . . .
He watched the next person climb through the ropes. It was a girl, and as she slowly crossed the canvas, he
noticed a tear torn down her left cheek. In her right hand was a newspaper.
“The crossword,” she gently said, “is empty,” and she held it out to him.
Nothing but dark now.
Just basement. Just Jew. The New Dream: A Few Nights Later
It was afternoon. Liesel came down the basement steps. Max was halfway through his push-ups. She watched awhile, without his knowledge, and when she came and sat with him, he stood up and leaned back
against the wall. “Did I tell you,” he asked her, “that I’ve been having a new dream lately?”
Liesel shifted a little, to see his face.
“But I dream this when I’m awake.” He motioned to the glowless kerosene lamp. “Sometimes I turn out the
light. Then I stand here and wait.”
Max corrected her. “Not for what. For whom.”
For a few moments, Liesel said nothing. It was one of those conversations that require some time to elapse
between exchanges. “Who do you wait for?”...
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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