Books: Behind Barbed Wire

SPARK OF LIFE (365 pp.)—Erich Maria Remarque — Applefon-Century-Crofts ($3.75).

Herr Roller, known in the concentration camp only as 509, lay on the ground in the mild March sunshine. He was wearing the outer clothing of three men on top of his own, yet he was cold. Perhaps it was because he was so thin—5 ft. 10 and under 80 pounds. Below the hill on which ie lay, the pleasant old German town poked orderly and serene. Then the Allied bombardment began.

One bomb sent the whole railway station right up into the air, its...

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