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Memo from the Thirty-Six
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When all the Jews of the town of Sapetkin were exterminated, one of them was left alive. Todros, the water carrier—he was left alive.

The Lithuanians with their whips and the Ukranians from the other side of the frontier didn’t bother him; the Polish peasants wearing Jewish boots kept away from him; even the Gestapo chief turned his head and pretended not to notice Todros when he passed by.

Apparently this was because Todros was one of the hidden saints, one of the Thirty-Six.

If they had exterminated Todros, there would have been no more world, God forbid: no more Lithuanians with whips, no more Ukranians and Poles wearing Jewish boots—even no more Gestapo.

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