Bert, Helga, and Eva ate pieces of moldy bread outside overcrowded barracks at the Bockenburg Camp. A rat ran across the yard.
Eva screamed and dropped her bread. The rat grabbed it in its whiskery mouth. Bert chased the rodent away and slipped Eva the rest of his bread, while Helga gobbled up her remaining crust.
Later that night they heard rumors spreading among the prisoners that all of Czechoslovakia was now occupied by Germany. Hitler was on the move, and Eva could feel her life squeezing shut.
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