Trafika Europe 1 - Northern Idyll
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from hand to hand. The Reich had guaranteed itself an

overwhelming majority in a rigged election. A staggering

99.75 percent of Austrians voted Yes. I did the same, then

went and barricaded myself in our apartment in Grinzing.

That evening, the news of the out- come would set off

extraordinary violence in the streets. Kurt worked in the

silence of his study. I touched his shoulder lightly. He

emerged from his dream to say, “Adele, did you find any

coffee? Yesterday’s was just terrible.”

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