Karsten turned off the wireless and turned to face the gathered throng. Normally there was at least some kind of wisecrack from someone if not a return to the back and forth of conversation when the evening news report was concluded. The children were quickly sent to bed; almost as soon as they had left the room the shouting began.

For a short while he allowed the frightened, angry adults to speak and shout over each other; then

“Friends! There are things we need to discuss, and this will be easier if we do not all speak at once.”

There was a gentle murmur of assent. Karsten felt the sense that they were relieved that he was taking the lead. He was not sure why they were looking to him.

“The rumours that we have been hearing are clearly true. I don’t mean to alarm any of you, but I think that it might be time for us all to consider leaving Germany. These latest laws make a reality of the sense we have all been worried about for a while. Malachi, do you still have a connection that we can use to get into America?

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This Ficlet was inspired by the front page of Wikipedia for the 15th of September 2008, in English. The Featured Article was about the passing of the Nuremburg Laws in pre World War II Germany, 1935; you can find out more here.