Chapters 23-24 Summary

Paris, 1942

This night without their mothers is the worst for the children and for the girl. Everything has been looted—clothes, blankets, pillows—and nothing remains but screaming children and their tears. The older children sit on the floor with their heads in their hands and try to ignore the sounds and smells of despair. No one is comforting the younger ones, and the girl does not understand how the policemen, who no doubt have families of their own, could treat other people’s children this way.

The next day the girl sees that they are being watched through the barbed wire; it is women trying to stuff packages of food through the fences. The policemen stop them, and no one else...

(The entire section is 1008 words.)