"We should hang you right here on this spot!" (Page 51)
The quote shows the Nazi's attitude toward the Jews, but more importantly it shows the effectiveness of the Hitler and the Nazi's party's propaganda. The man truly believed that Jews were bad and that they did not deserve to live on this earth. The Nazi's propaganda clearly changed becuase the jews used to leave in peace and had no trouble in Germany, but once Hitler separated the Jews from the Germans and began to feed them lies their view clearly changed. This quote clearly shows that Hitler had successfully trick many people in to believe what he was doing was correct. It also shows how ruthless the Nazi's could be and how much danger the Jewish population was in.
"The Gestapo came that afternoon" (Page 113)
This quote shows the survival instinct of humans and how it only focuses on ones self. A man had found Valdeks secret hiding place, Valdek decided to let him go and he later turned them in. The man clearly thought that he could survive if he helped the germans, but by doing so he selfishly put Valdek endanger. As you can clearly see survival instict kicked in and got the man to endanger another in an attempt to survive. Humans are like this by nature and this proves that Valdek can't even trust those in the same situation. He can only trust himself and if not he could be betrayed and killed. Due to this happening in the future Valdek will be more hesitant to trusting others for help which would explain Valdeks resistants to call a handy man help him and his resistants to Mala. In short Valdek is has trust issues thanks to this issue.
Valdek has trouble trusting someone with his life and or anything