ministration of the island put the family in a camp used for prisoners in transit to and from Devil's Island. After a month's imprisonment they were permitted to go on to Mexico, where Dr. Radvanyi now directs the Mexican Institute of Public Opinion. Anna Seghers was one of the founders of a flourishing anti-Nazi German publishing house in Mexico City. In June 1943 she was beaten by Nazi sympathizers and left unconscious on a dark and lonely street. She was brought to a hospital in time to save her life and has now recovered.
by ANNA SEGHERS
IT WAS A MORNING in September 1940. On La Place de la Concorde in Paris the largest swastika flag in any of the German-occupied countries flapped in the wind. The lines on the sidewalks before the shops extended as far as the eye could see. A woman named Louise Meunier, a machinist's wife and mother of three children, had just learned that there were eggs for sale in a store in the Fourteenth District. She quickly got ready, stayed in line an hour, and received five eggs, one for each member of her family. Then she suddenly realized that a school chum, Annette Villard, worked as a chambermaid in a hotel on the same street. She visited Annette and found that usually calm and orderly person in a strangely excited state.
Annette was washing windows and wash basins. Louise lent a helping hand and listened as her friend told how yesterday at noon the Gestapo had arrested a guest who had registered at the hotel as an Alsatian but who, it later turned out, had escaped from a German concentration camp several years before. The guest (Annette continued to scour the window pane as she talked) had been taken to Santé Prison. From there he would be shipped to Germany and probably put up against a wall and shot. But after all, war was war, wasn't it? Something else concerned her much more deeply: the guest's son. The German had a child, a twelve-year-old boy who shared the room with him. The lad attended school and spoke French like a native. His mother was dead. There was something