The Dark Room - Study Guide "Helmut," Section 3 (Pages 22-37) Summary & Analysis

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The war is taking more and more young men from Helmut's neighborhood, but Helmut is still not among them. As Paris falls, and his parents return from a victory celebration, Helmut can again feel their shame concerning his inability to fight for Germany. When the first bombs strike Berlin, Helmut watches as the far side of the city burns. He feels fear, and yet also a sense of thrill.

When Gladigau expresses displeasure over the amount of film Helmut is using at the construction site, Helmut begins to occasionally steal film, and sneaks another camera from the shop to continue his tracking of people in Berlin. When the station is completed, there is a grand opening, and Helmut is in charge of the photography of the event. His images are perfect and both he and Gladigau are pleased. Gladigau...

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