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Winter in Wartime Quotes

10 of the best book quotes from Winter in Wartime
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″‘A bit of a fright, eh?’ It’ll toughen you up,′ he said. ‘Anyway, it’s true. It’s gone eight. If a German comes along, he’ll shoot you dead as a threat to the German Reich. Heil Hitler!‘”
Jan Terlouw
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Winter in Wartime
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Dirk Knopper
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Germany
shooting
toughening up
curfew
concepts
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“Michiel, though, had secretly decided that war was a very exciting business, and he hoped it would go on for a long time. He changed his mind soon enough. In fact, his first doubts came after only five days.”
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“He knew where some Jewish people were hiding. He was fairly certain who had an illegal wireless. He knew Dirk was a member of the secret underground forces. But Michiel kept all this dangerous information to himself.”
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“They were so tense and miserable that such simple jokes were all it took to fill the room with laughter.”
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“Everyone had a story about a family member who’d had to go in to hiding, or a friend who’d been dragged off to a concentration camp, or a house that had been destroyed by a bomb. Then they moved on to rumours about the war- about Patton, the American general who was making such good progress on the Western Front...”
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“All the visitors came from the west of the country, the famine having driven them to the east and the north. It was early winter 1944-45, and there was a war on. That meant there was barely anything left to eat in the big cities.”
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″‘That’s going to cost the lives of yet more thousands of ordinary civilians,’ said Mrs. Van Beusekom, with a sigh... ‘It’s their own fault,’ said the mayor. ‘They were the first to drop bombs on cities- Warsaw and Rotterdam. What goes around comes around.’ ‘No. It’s absolutely nothing to do with that little girl in Bremen who just got a piece of shrapnel in her leg,’ said Mrs. Van Beusekom. ‘War is a terrible thing.‘”
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“Even though his stomach was in a knot, he suddenly felt perfectly calm. Alright, so now he had a British pilot to take care of. That kind of thing could earn you the death penalty.”
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″‘A good resistance fighter is lonely,’ he’d once heard his father say. ‘He’s alone with his tasks and his secrets.‘”
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″‘She must be really good,’ thought Michiel proudly. He didn’t realize that a man doesn’t like to complain in the presence of a pretty girl- and it had certainly never occurred to him that Erica might be a pretty girl.”

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