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“I wept because i had no shoes,
until i met a man who had no feet.”
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“I became good at pretending. I became so good that after a while the lines blurred between my truth and fiction. And sometimes, when I did a really good job of pretending, I even fooled myself.”
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“What had human beings become? Did war make us evil or just activate an evil already lurking within us?”
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“Per aspera ad astra, Papa,' I whispered. Through hardship to the stars.”
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“I wanted to stay locked away from the pain and destruction. I didn't want to be strong. I didn't want to be the 'smart girl'. I was so very tired. I just wanted it all to be over.”
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“How foolish to believe we are more powerful than the sea or the sky.”
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“War is catastrophe. It breaks families in irretrievable pieces. But those who are gone are not necessarily lost.”
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“Killers aren't always assassins. Sometimes, they don't even have blood on their hands.”
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“Guilt is a hunter.
Fate is a hunter.
Shame is a hunter.
Fear is a hunter.”
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“Your daughter, your sister. She is salt to the sea,”
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“Just when you think this war has taken everything you loved, you meet someone and realize that somehow you still have more to give.”
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“Mother was comfort. Mother was home. A girl who lost her mother was suddenly a tiny boat on an angry ocean. Some boats eventually floated ashore. And some boats, like me, seemed to float farther and farther from land”
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“War had bled color from everything, leaving nothing but a storm of gray.”
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“Yet amidst all that, life has spit in the eye of death.”
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“His smugness was annoying. This was the type of man who looked at a picture on the wall and instead of admiring the photo, looked at his own reflection in the glass.”
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“You love stories, Emilia. Well, the trees hold hundreds of years of stories. Think of it, everything these trees have seen and felt. All of the secrets are inside of them.”
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“What determines how we remember history and which elements are preserved and penetrate the collective consciousness? If historical novels stir your interest, pursue the facts, history, memories, and personal testimonies available. These are the shoulders that historical fiction sits upon. When the survivors are gone we must not let the truth disappear with them. Please, give them a voice.”
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“Enough studying, Joana. Sometimes living life is more instructive than studying it.”
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“The Wilhelm Gustloff was pregnant with lost souls conceived of war. They would crowd into her belly and she would give birth to their freedom.”
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“I wept because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.”
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“The old man spoke of nothing but shoes. He spoke of them with such love and emotion that a woman in our group had crowned him “the shoe poet.” The woman disappeared a day later but the nickname survived. “The shoes always tell the story,” said the shoe poet. “Not always,” I countered. “Yes, always. Your boots, they are expensive, well made. That tells me that you come from a wealthy family. But the style is one made for an older woman. That tells me they probably belonged to your mother. A mother sacrificed her boots for her daughter. That tells me you are loved, my dear. And your mother is not here, so that tells me that you are sad, my dear. The shoes tell the story.” I paused in the center of the frozen road and watched the stubby old cobbler shuffle ahead of me. The shoe poet was right. Mother had sacrificed for me.”
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“It's safer for you to stay with the others,' he said.
Safer? He didn't realize.
I was already dead.”
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“I knew the legends of the birds. Seagulls were the souls of dead soldiers. Owls were the souls of women. Doves were the recently departed souls of unmarried girls.

Was there a bird for the souls of people like me?”
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“The shoes always tell the story,' said the shoe poet.
'Not always,' I countered.
'Yes, always. Your boots, they are expensive, well made. That tells me that you come from a wealthy family. But the style is one made for and older woman. That tell me they probably belong to your mother. A mother sacrificed her boots for her daughter. That tells me you are loved, my dear. And your mother is not here, so that tells me that you are sad, my dear. The shoes tell the story.”
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“Death, it seems, has a mind of its own.”
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“What did I want? I wanted the war to be over so I could ask her out.”
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“There's a saying, 'Death hath a thousand doors to let out life; I shall find one.' But the children. That's what I struggle with.' He shook his head. 'Why the children?”
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“My war had been so long, my winter so cold. But i had made it home. And for the first time in a long time, i was not afraid.”
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“We cannot be too cautious, Hannelore. Just because someone knocks on the door doesn't mean you have to open it. Sometimes, sweet girl, there are wolves at the door. If we are not careful, they might eat us.”
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“He wanted to know something about me. I leaned over and put my mouth to his ear. It was barely a whisper.
'I'm a murderer.”
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