On the new comic book’s cover, a teenager named Esther sprints from a truckload of Nazi soldiers. She faces a choice in the book: a policeman will let her flee, if she wants, rather than follow her parents to the camps.
Standing before the blackboard, Mr. Augner asked the students what they might have done in Esther’s place. Hands shot up.
“Her parents would have wanted her to hide,” one girl speculated. A boy pointed out that the policeman, and not only Esther, had to make a difficult decision, because he could have been punished for letting her escape.
Many students said they would have gone after their parents. One declared that she would die for them.
At which point a quiet classmate spoke up: “It’s a question of whether you want to die alone.”