Jacob and Nora sat on the mattress on the floor of Klaus and Clara’s attic. The doctor read a newspaper with the headline “MASSIVE ARRESTS OF JEWS.” Nora crocheted lace doilies, not a very useful hobby, but beautiful nonetheless. It helped her pass the empty, agonizing time. The only bright spot in their lives was the knowledge that Stephen was safe in England.
They left the house in disguise from time to time, to visit consulates, embassies, and government agencies to complete the necessary paperwork to emigrate. Although England was their goal, they were willing to temporarily go anywhere that would take them. But they knew Jewish doctors and other professionals were Nazi targets. It was safest, they felt, to stay hidden in their friends’ attic as much as possible, until they could get out of Germany and find Stephen.
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