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Although something inside told her that this was a crime—after all, her three books were the most precious
items she owned—she was compelled to see the thing lit. She couldn’t help it. I guess humans like to watch a
little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. Their great skill is their capacity to
The thought of missing it was eased when she found a gap in the bodies and was able to see the mound of guilt,
still intact. It was prodded and splashed, even spat on. It reminded her of an unpopular child, forlorn and
bewildered, powerless to alter its fate. No one liked it. Head down. Hands in pockets. Forever. Amen.
Bits and pieces continued falling to its sides as Liesel hunted for Rudy. Where is that Saukerl? When she looked up, the sky was crouching.
A horizon of Nazi flags and uniforms rose upward, crippling her view every time she attempted to see over a
smaller child’s head. It was pointless. The crowd was itself. There was no swaying it, squeezing through, or
reasoning with it. You breathed with it and you sang its songs. You waited for its fire.
Silence was requested by a man on a podium. His uniform was shiny brown. The iron was practically still on it.
The silence began.
His first words: “Heil Hitler!”
His first action: the salute to the Führer.
“Today is a beautiful day,” he continued. “Not only is it our great leader’s birthday—but we also stop our
enemies once again. We stop them reaching into our minds. . . .”
Liesel still attempted to fight her way through.
“We put an end to the disease that has been spread through Germany for the last twenty years, if not more!” He
was performing now what is called a Schreierei—a consummate exhibition of passionate shouting—warning
the crowd to be watchful, to be vigilant, to seek out and destroy the evil machinations plotting to infect the
mother-land with its deplorable ways. “The immoral! The Kommunisten !” That word again. That old wo...
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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