Hannelore had been in Berlin, living at an all Jewish girl school in Berlin with her two friends Kaethe and Urma. She received a letter from her mother telling her that her father had died.
Hannelore and her mother wait in a line of Jewish woman waiting to be deported. They were separated from Selly and Wolfgang who were placed in line with all the other men.
After having been placed in a overcrowded train car, they arrived at a Jewish ghetto and labor factory in Lublin. There, they had to work for every ration card, and lived in an apartment with other families.
Because of Eugen's connections and a favor from a friend, Hannelore was given a job by Dr. Mosbach as an assistant. In the infirmary she was warm, given extra food thanks to Yanek, and safe from the Kapos.
Hannelore had been brought to Kasnik on the orders of the Commandant of the the camp. There she met Captain Schlesinger who tricks her into leaving the camp with him and into an apartment where he tries to gain information from her.
Hannelore arrived in Budzyn, having been brought there by the Krasnik Judenrat. It was here that she would see for the first time, Dick Hillman, a prisoner of war and her future husband.