Friedrich - "The Ball (1933)" Summary & Analysis

Hans Peter Richter
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"The Ball (1933)" Summary

Friedrich and the narrator hurry home, playing catch. Friedrich misses a throw, and the ball breaks a store window. The owner emerges screaming, "Thieves! Burglars!" while her husband watches calmly. She blames the "good-for-nothing Jewboy," and Jewish department store owners for ruining business. "Hitler will show you," she menaces. The narrator steps forward to admit built, as the husband cleans up the mess. She demands why he is defending this "rotten Jewboy," just because they live in the same house. The police arrive, and the woman demands that he not listen to the narrator. The officer tells him he is too young to understand how sneaky and dishonest the Jews are. The narrator insists the woman had not seen what happened, but the officer will now allow him to explain. The officer leads the boys home, followed by the...

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