Life and Fate, p. 206: David

In a cattle car on the way to the gas chambers are an assortment of characters: a librarian, an accountant, a “shy girl” and David, “a boy.”

Each of these characters gets a section in their point of view. David gets whole chapters. He was visiting his grandmother in Ukraine when the war caught him. Swept up in the pogroms, his grandmother died in the ghetto, and David was put into a cattle car bound for a gas chamber.

During the night he shouted out: “Mummy, Mummy, Mummy!” His mother woke up. As she came towards him, she was like a white cloud in the darkness. He yawned blissfully, knowing that the strongest power in the whole world was now defending him from the darkness of the forest.

— life and fate, p. 206

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