Summer 1947 • Vol. IX No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 1947 |

The Plan

New people had arrived early in the morning. They could be seen walking toward the registration office, trailing humbly behind one of the UNRRA officers. One of the girls in the group—there were four, all rather plump with dark stringy hair and shapeless legs and hips—lingered at the very end and seemed to be struggling uncomfortably with the waistline of her dress. No doubt, like most of them, she had sewn a packet of American money in her clothes and was now afraid that she might be searched. A few yards from the wooden house which served as registration office, bank, records room and postoffice, she paused, waited for the others to enter and then quickly stooped as if to fix her shoe. Instead she dug something hastily into the ground, then straightened and disappeared into the building. From his customary seat on the hard wooden bench alongside the dining hall—which with his exact knowledge of English he had pointed out many a time, and very cleverly too, the Americans

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