Chapter 9 Summary

As the people wait to be let into the synagogue, the Rabbi, Shmuel, and another man speak with the Nazi leader. When the exchange is over, the Rabbi tells the villagers that the Nazis are insisting that everyone accompany them in the trucks. Shmuel explains that the Jews are being resettled as part of a government policy. Several of the men begin to argue, and when their tone becomes belligerent, Shmuel grimly reminds them to be careful because the Nazis are all armed. Fayge plaintively asks, “What about our wedding?” Shmuel reassures her that they will be married, at least in God’s sight.

Hannah suddenly interjects, predicting that the Nazis will put them all into concentration camps and kill them in gas ovens....

(The entire section is 648 words.)