GERMANY: Two Old Ladies

It was drafty and the Holland cold bit deep in Hut 2-B. The two frail old ladies from Germany—Internees No. 00001989 and No. 00001990—huddled in their double bed, shivered as they peered through a windowpane at the internment camp where 6,000 German civilians were held.

The two old ladies were different from the rest: they were not Germans. No. 00001989, age 73, had been born Victoria Vickers. No. 00001990, age 78, was her sister Grace. When the last of the side-wheelers still ferried the Atlantic, they had made the long journey from Cincinnati, where their father taught in the University. They...

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