Decisions Leo’s parents have to face
This is the Stein’s tailor shop some days after the pogrom. The shop has been ransacked. A hangman is smeared across the wall threatening murder.
Leo recounts that his father was taken away by the police. Leo’s family thought they would never see him again. But now he has returned – sick and tired. The parents spend all day trying to tidy up the apartment and the shop.
Following the November Pogrom, it was clear that there was no future for Jewish people in Germany. Those who could, started to explore any possible way to get out. But where could they possibly go?
Prospects for emigration were bleak. Most countries had strict quotas. Leaving as a family was almost impossible to achieve. Some parents, like Leo’s, found out about the possibility to send their children to England on the Kindertransport. But he would have to go on his own.
Leo overhears a desperate conversation between his parents trying to decide what to do. Should they keep Leo close to the family during this dangerous time, or send him on his own to an unknown future?