By Barry Denenberg
In the course of the Nazi persecution of the Jews in Austria, twelve-year-old Julie escapes to the United States to stay together with her kin in manhattan urban.
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Eighty four 9577_01_001-120_r6ek. qxd 4/27/2000 20:36 web page eighty five FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1938 every day we pay attention tales, another terrible than the following. Mr. Heller’s shop was once damaged into and the money check in smashed with a hammer. There are Jewish stars painted all around the home windows, and Mrs. Heller has to face outdoor each morning with an indication striking from her neck asserting don't buy FROM US. we're JEWS. She says purely Jewish consumers are available in now, and he or she doesn’t understand how lengthy they could pass on like this. Mr. Friedman instructed Max that folks are available in with their little ones and make allowance them to take any sweet they need now, they usually inform them that they don’t need to pay as the shop is owned by way of Jews. They got here to Mr. Blumenthal’s condo an identical evening they got here to ours and once they knocked he simply opened the window, shouted a caution to a person status under to get out of how, and jumped 8 ﬂoors to his dying, leaving Mrs. Blumenthal to deal with herself and their 3 youngsters. The worst is the little Eckstein boy, Jakob. after they got here to take his father away, Jakob ran to him and held onto his leg. Mr. Eckstein attempted to shake him eighty five 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 S 23 R 24 9577_01_001-120_r6ek. qxd 4/27/2000 20:36 web page 86 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 S 24 R off yet little Jakob simply hung on tighter, screaming, “Daddy, don’t move, Daddy, don’t cross. ” Then one of many Nazis grabbed him via the hair and threw him backward in order that he hit his head at the nook of the mattress so not easy that he died that very quick. It’s o.k. to do whatever you need to anyone if they’re Jewish. every little thing has replaced. those that have been pleasant associates and shopkeepers merely the previous day now proudly put on swastikas on their lapels and, after they cross you in the street, both make a median remark (but no longer loud sufficient for you to listen what they say) or simply glance the opposite direction as they stroll on through. individuals are such cowards, fairly. At middle, individuals are cowards. Now they believe they’re higher than we're just because they don't seem to be Jewish. What a global — simply now not being Jewish is sufficient to make you are feeling more suitable. I by no means considered being Jewish sooner than all this began. I suggest, I knew i used to be Jewish yet that used to be all. What makes us Jewish? Am I Jewish simply because Hitler says i'm? whilst I stroll down the road, humans don’t examine me simply because i've got blond hair and eco-friendly 86 9577_01_001-120_r6ek. qxd 4/27/2000 20:36 web page 87 eyes. They don’t imagine I’m Jewish, they believe I’m Aryan. We don’t visit synagogue, no longer even at the rather vital vacations — or even Sophy’s mom and dad pass then. “Three-day Jews,” Daddy calls them, simply because for 3 days a 12 months they're non secular after which, after that, not anything. Max is the one one that acts like he’s Jewish and that’s simply because he’s a Zionist. Daddy says it doesn’t subject if there’s a God or now not. He says that too many of us spend an excessive amount of time being concerned approximately what they’re going to do after they get to heaven and too little time contemplating what they’re doing here on the earth.