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



At first Karel is quite happy in this new life because at last he has found kindness. But he begins to notice that the life of the people around is really different from his. He begins to question his position in the house. He is unhappy and envious when he sees a mother (American) comforting her son, who has burnt himself. Odd memories begin to return and Karel, dimly remembering his mother, runs away to look for her. His mother, believing him to have been drowned after running away, stays on to tend a group of Jewish children, preparing to leave for Palestine, at the children's camp not far away. Karel does not find her where he expected to find her and is finally told she is dead.

Steve is returning to America and arranges for the boy to go back to the camp to await permission to leave Europe, just as the boy's mother, steadfastly clinging to the hope that he may be alive, leaves.

But finally they are reunited, and it is the completely unexpected sound of his mother's voice calling his name that bridges the years of terror in a few moments, and makes his life whole again. The search is over.