by ADAM SCHARRER
OF THE SEVENTY PEASANT FAMILIES in Oberstiebingen, only half harvested enough grain to keep from starvation. In previous years they had found sources of additional earnings, but now even the Public Works Committee had ceased functioning for lack of funds. Funds for building the road through the forest to the summit of the Herre gave out when the road was but half completed, and work continued by 'voluntary' labor. The sawmills stood idle. The abandoned quarries began to fill with water.
Zauner had always managed to get some extra money by raising calves and training them to pull loads. He would wait until the calf was big enough to be broken in for work, then sell one of his cows. When luck was with him it paid fairly well, and at the same time he always had a team. But after Hitler came to power Zauner lost even this means of adding to his income. Manufactured goods grew more and more expensive, and the prices which the Reichsnährstand set for farm products dropped. Zauner could no longer pay for the strip of meadow land he used to rent, and his own fields did not yield enough fodder for two cows.
Zauner had read in the newspaper of a campaign against unemployment in the district of Neunkirchen, and of the plans connected with it. In an Unterstiebingen saloon he made the acquaintance of a certain Wasserschuh, a storm trooper and bricklayer, who was looking forward to a good job during the expected construction boom. But it was only February 1--there was a wait of several months for the building season to get under way.
Once, when Wasserschuh visited Zauner, they agreed that Wasserschuh would repair Zauner's roof. As the roads were covered with a thick layer of snow, and Wasserschuh might obtain work from other people in the village, Zauner urged his widowed daughter, Emma, to let Wasserschuh stay in her room.
Emma objected because of the gossip which might arise. Her husband had died only a year before. Zauner was sure that Wasser-