"Finally the narrow dirt road widens into the main street of Nagymagyar... a small enclave for twenty families enclosed by a tall wire fence. This is the ghetto."
"And I am happy to share this peculiar condition of Jewishness. The handsome boys, lively woman, beautiful babies, gray bearded old men-all in the same yard of oppression, together."
"My poems have been scribbled on scraps of paper, and now I am copying them all into one notebook. I work at it for hours daily, when not helping Mommy with the cooking, or playing with children, or standing in lines.
"Marta and her mother carry the things from the cart at a run. The live goose and the white bundle containing at least two dozen eggs fit between the bars.
"It summons for him to go to a forced labor camp in Komarom some fifty kilometers away. Every man between the ages of eighteen and forty-five received a similar summons during the night."
Ellie was not able to say goodbye to her father before he went to the labor camp. She was very distraught and upset because she didn't know if she'd ever see him again.
"How could you do it? You promised to wake me? How could you do this to me? I did not even say good-bye to Daddy."