As we have seen in our discussion of Good (see Interval Two), again we have an educated man (Martin) drawn into the all-pervasive Nazi Party on the basis that it would be good for his standing, and that of his family. His wife becomes the toast of local society, and his son a proud member of the Hitler Youth League. Max, however, is disturbed by what he hears from acquaintances coming out of Germany, and of the treatment of Jews, even so early on in Hitler’s reign. This is borne out by the fact that Martin eventually asks Max to stop writing him as he cannot be seen to be corresponding with a Jew.
What transpires further is a tragic, moving story, told briefly but with great power, of betrayal and revenge. I would not deny you the pleasure (if you can call it so) of reading this story by giving anymore of the plot away. I would recommend this to everyone to read – it being short it takes no more than an hour at most, but its brevity belies its power.