Chapters 11-12 Summary

Paris, 1942

The day is long and nearly unbearable for the little girl and everyone else in the arena. It is horribly hot and there is nothing to eat or drink. The doors in and out are locked and guarded by threatening armed policemen. There are too few bathrooms in the building, and women are humiliated by having to urinate on the floor in such a public place and in such a stench. The girl’s father takes her to the bathroom and they come back to her mother who is not responding to anything.

The girl sees Leon, her classmate, and he is wandering through the crowd and looking at the big doors. His yellow star has been ripped off his shirt, and he tells the girl that his parents want him to...

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