REFUGEES: Mr. America

Breslau was the largest city the boy had ever seen and it was full of Communist cops.

"And you, youngster," one asked him, "what are you doing here?"

The boy lied: "I want to see all I can of my beautiful homeland."

For the next ten days all Mieczyslaw saw were the four walls of a Breslau jail. Then the cops sent him home to the farm where his mother lived with his stepfather. This was .last spring. The farmers and villagers greeted him with amusement.

"Oh, ho," they smiled. "You wanted to leave us, eh?...

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