“The new parents came to get her the following Sunday. After a short visit, the five of us walked to the nearest streetcar stop. There we said goodbye as casually as possible and gave these strangers our child.” Pg. 151
“Living in hiding was nerve-wracking, but it was also boring and tedious. Unable to go outside, there was little that people could do to pass the time. Rinus brought books on his biweekly visits, which Siegfried spent most of each day reading. From his research, he formed ideas of what the world would be like after Germany’s defeat” Pg. 79
“Not expecting that we would never see each other again, Siegfried and I hardly said goodbye.” Pg.170
“Never had the lilies of the valley been more beautiful than they were this day. I walked out the gate of the Women’s Labor Camp and threw myself into a large field of these dainty little flowers, kissing as many as I could. Their sweet smell filled me with joy, hope, rebirth, and new security.” Pg.226
“She was awake every night, crying, vomiting, and obviously very unhappy. When I took her to the doctor, he had no answer. During one particularly upsetting day, when I scolded her for something, she turned to me and screamed, "I wish you had never come back!" Both of us cried.” Pg.332
I don't want to go with you!
Yes, I would have killed her
“Mr. Heck, would you have killed Mrs. Waterford if you had been ordered to do so in the Hitler Youth?" Silently, Alfons Heck cursed the seventeen-year-old in the audience who had just asked him this tremendously difficult question. ” Pg.360