The pictures taught him respectability.
One of a young Jewish girl, with tattered stripes and the yellow ‘Judenstern’. Another of broken bones and ash cloud plumes above chimney stacks.
He was upset by the images, that little boy, and he tried to think of other things like runaway horses, iron hooves and the overgrown vegetation of the South African night-veld, too much revealed from his grandfather’s photo albums.
After the liberation.
Battle of El Alamein,
and then Treblinka.