the year is 1950. A teenaged boy stands in the street alone. He begins to talk about his life as we pan out into a flashback
When I was 15 I got Hepatitis. It lasted from August till spring. As the old year darkened I got weaker and weaker.
Shows boy lying alone in his dark bedroom. He is obviously distressed and bored. This scene is fading in as the words " As the old year darkened I got weaker and weaker" Are spoken. January was warm..." (view book.) Shows boy on bed on balcony. Children playing is heard.
"The first time I ventured outside was to go from my house on Blummenstrasse to go to Baunhaufstrasse Where I puked the october before."
Shows boy puking on side of the street. A woman comes over to help him and brings him inside the courtyard.
She brought me into the courtyard. Cleans him. Brings pails outside. Cleans vomit. The woman takes the boy home.