Like all nations that were overrun by the Nazis, the initial reaction to the Danes were that they were seen as enemies of the Reich. Their willingness to collaborate with the Nazis became the defining element in their relationship with the German powers. This meant that the restrictions placed on Jewish individuals as well as others deemed as "enemies" of the Reich were equally enforced in Denmark. The setting of Lowry's story is this particular reality, where those who are Jewish have to find ways to outrun the growing influence of the Nazis. At the same time, the absorption of Danish identity into that of the Nazis was another type of restriction placed on them as they were unable to express their own notion of political autonomy or sovereignty in place of the political expression of the Third Reich's notion of the good.