Image: Antos Frolka
Gertrude and Stein were feeling very pleased with themselves.
The morning service had been as they expected, espousing the superiority of the German race over all others. So they were both feeling confident and smug as they made their way home.
In their pockets they had their papers and in this day and age papers were what it was all about. Your papers got you places, they opened doors and most importantly they proved your legitimacy.
Grootenberg, their neighbour, had been refusing to sell his land to Gertrude and Stein. Gertrude and Stein claimed the land was theirs and could prove that two hundred years ago Stein’s grandfather had gifted Grootenberg’s grandfather the land.
Under the present law it was just a matter of time before Grootenberg and his family would be shipped off and Gertrude didn’t care where as she had grown to detest the Jewish family with their strange dress and odd religious practice.
Times were changing and she read the paper daily now of expulsions and evictions happened all over Germany. Now days the Grootenbergs could be seen clearly with their yellow stars of David attached to everything they wore. They stood out and the law said they were the cause of the country’s current economic crisis.
So today with the law and God on their side they began to make plans to farm the land next door, soon to be acquired for little to no cost.