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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 3, April 6th, 1949.

Ich weis nicht

Ich weis nicht

But the boy knows nothing of this. A time in Auschwitz concentration camp and forced journeys through many countries has blotted out all memory. He does not remember his family, his nationality, or even his name. "Ich weis nicht" is the only reply he can give to Unrra officials' question.

On his way with a group of children to a special camp he escapes, fearing that he is still in the hands of the "conquerors" who tattooed an identification number on his arm. He lives in the rubble of the city until one day, lice-ridden and starving, he comes out to take food offered by a young American AMG officer.

Much as one would pick up a stray puppy, the American, Steve, takes him home, feeds and clothes him, and begins to teach him English while trying to trace his parents. He learns that they are almost certainly dead and plans to take Karel back to America.