Full Book Report of a holocaust memoir by Michael Quint, transalated from the original french

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In Our Strange Gardens

Michael Quint


Megan Albury

Grade 12

October 31st, 2003

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Michael Quint's father, Andre was told by his parents that they were going out. Going out to the movies, with his uncle and aunt, and everyone was specially preparing for the event. Having never heard of the movie, the Bridge, Andre was still excited, but confused by the solemn faces of his family.

After the movie ended and the group moved into the lobby, the women went across the road for chips. The men headed to the bar for drinks. Gaston, Andre's uncle, pulled him aside. Nicole, Andre's father continued on

to the other end of the bar. A deep sigh indicated a prepared discourse would be coming.

The story poured out, the story of Gaston and Nicole, at the end of '42, beginning of '43. A time when two young men who wished to prove their


masculinity joined the Resistance.

Given their first assignment of blowing up an electrical plant, and completing it, both felt extremely proud of themselves.

Waking up the next morning and helping stock preserves at their parents house, they seemed confident in their "escape". Until four men in uniform pounded down the stairs to the basement, then the brothers began to say their final good-byes. Forgetting their heroics as guns were aimed at them, the two were carried off for an interrogation. Ironically, they found, they were not

suspected of the sabotage at the plant. Under the law of August 14, 1941, hostages could be taken by the Reich and summarily executed unless the "real" saboteurs turned themselves in. The two men could not pin their hopes

on the culprits being caught, as they had committed the crime.

Thrown into a pit about...