It is in the first chapter of this unforgettable story that we are told of the first three ways in which the Germans curtailed the civil rights of the Jewish community. This started of during the eight days of passover. We are told:
On the seventh day of Passover, the curtain finally rose: the Germans arrested the leaders of the Jewish community.
The author comments that, looking back, this marked the "trigger" as it were for so much else. In his words, "The race toward death had begun."
Three edicts are mentioned in quick succession, each of which curtailed various rights of the Jews. Firstly, Jews were prohibited from leaving their residences for three days, under penalty of death. Secondly, Jews for forbidden to own gold, jewellery or any valuables. Thirdly, every Jew had to wear the yellow star. Unfortunately, these were not the only edicts - there came many more, and this was before the ghettos were created as well.
Each of these edicts marked the further erosion of civil liberties of the Jewish community and the further slide towards the Holocaust.