EXT. FREEDMAN HOME, BERLIN 1945 - NIGHT
In the freezing January night we see two Gestapo, Nazi SS
trucks pull up to a brownstone in Berlin.
INT. FREEDMAN HOME - NIGHT
VICTORIA AND EDWARD, newlyweds, are finishing a candle light
Just a little more salt here.
He takes the shaker and nothing comes out.
No, no. Look. The top closes like
this so it doesn't spill if it's
tipped over. My Great-grandmother
had these on her table. I remember
them from when I was very, very
EDWARD takes her hand and kisses it.
I believe I knew you even then, my
She leans over to kiss him just as the soldiers break in the
door. Their entry shakes the house and the two leap to their
You have five minutes to pack your
belongings. You will be taken to a
political detention camp where your
files will be reviewed.
EDWARD steps in front of Victoria trying to keep her from the
Why was it necessary to break our
door? This is a mistake I am an
accountant for the ammunition
The soldier pulls Victoria away from him, directing her to
pack. She runs to the bedroom, dazed and confused. She grabs
a small case out of the closet and seeing her wedding dress
quickly stuffs it in. We hear yelling from the front room.
There is no mistake you are a liar
and a traitor to the Third Reich.
You will pack your things
immediately the transports are
This is not right. Victoria, this
is wrong, we must not go with them!
Frightened and confused, Victoria sweeps the salt and pepper
shakers off the table and puts them in the bag just before
the guard grabs her by the arm. She tosses EDWARD'S coat to
him and struggles to keep her feet beneath her. The other
guard grabs EDWARD'S arm.
Edward, just do what they say. It
will be fine.
She can walk herself, don't hurt
Victoria YELLS for EDWARD as the Nazi pulls her out the door
and toward a truck with his one free hand.
With his free hand, hidden from the Nazi, EDWARD grabs a
knife from the table. He is pulled out the door and thrown
to the ground.
I said she can walk without your
EXT. FREEDMAN HOME - NIGHT
The Police are looking around to make sure they aren't
causing a disturbance. No one is in the area, the town seems
to be asleep.
Victoria breaks away from the soldier's grasp and falls on
ice. As she tries to get up he kicks her.
Edward, trying to protect Victoria, lunges at the guard with
the kitchen knife.
Edward, No!! Dear God No!
Victoria SCREAMS as another Nazi turns quickly and fires a
SILENCED SHOT in EDWARD'S direction.
EDWARD falls to the ground.
INT. TRANSPORT BERLIN, GERMANY 1945 - NIGHT
Victoria is slammed into the back of a truck where there are
several other women and where her SCREAMING cannot be heard.
She HAMMERS on the door to no avail. She drops down to the
floor, head down in defeat.
EXT. WALLACE GRAVEYARD - DAY
Victoria 60 years later looks up from the wet leaves. A
rainy, fall day. The color of the bright yellow leaves
suggest sunlight, but an umbrella is needed.
VICTORIA FREEDMAN, a holocaust survivor approaches her
husband's grave stone.
From far overhead we see her walking through the graveyard.
As the camera floats in we see her holding a huge black
umbrella over her head with one hand and in the other hand is
a bouquet of fall flowers.
She is a proud woman, upright and animated for her years, but
still bares a thick German accent and the numbers from a
She reverently places the flowers in front of the stone which
reads EDWARD FRANZ FREEDMAN 1923 - 2004 LOVING HUSBAND AND
FATHER. Then she rather irreverently sits on the stone.
Edward, Edward, these two last
children, I don't know what to do
with them. They worry about me
constantly...I don't know why. You
always say we raise them give them
a good college education...a degree
if they like...they leave...have
their own family, they come for
Passover ... that's it. These two
Edward. They don't leave. They
try to control and meddle in my
life. They say "Edward is dead,
what will she do now?" Why don't
they just come here and talk to you
like I do if they are so concerned.
What do I do Edward?
Autumn leaves blow past the woman's rain boots as she stares
out from under her umbrella. A faint smile comes over her
face, then a broader smile. She pats the headstone.
I know, I know, it will all work
itself out. I must be patient.
She gets up to leave, walks a few steps toward a waiting car
and turns around smiling at the stone. The gravestone is
Leibshin, thank you for helping
with the quarterly taxes, you were
right, that new accountant isn't
bad...not as good as you of course.
And for getting David over there to
help with the high shelf...it is
getting to be a bit much. He's
doing so well with the writing.
She throws him a kiss and walks slowly to the car. We see
her as someone would if they were sitting on the gravestone
watching her leave. Autumn leaves blow after her in the rain
storm and follow her to the car.
INT. VICTORIA'S ANTIQUES - NIGHT
DAVID and EMILY the two last foster children, who are now
well out of college, sit at a table in the wine and cheese
corner studying a chess board.
DAVID is dark haired and good looking, with a quick wit and
wonderful, kind sense of humor. He is in his early thirties.
He is at home, here in the shop, helping, tinkering, fixing
and taking a lot of time to play and socialize. He works
part time at the local newspaper and is always looking to
cover an interesting story.
EMILY is a little younger, fair and ferocious. She loves a
challenge and is usually 3 or 4 moves ahead of everybody
else. She is a warrior, a defender of her remaining family
and a steadfast helper.
She studies Tae Kwon Do and decided to make her major world
history. Finding no employment in that area she went back to
school to study business to better help with the antique
Both always seem to end up here, at home in the antique
store, discussing a chess match or their favorite football
team and always helping Victoria, their foster mother.
Victoria would like nothing more for them then to strike out
on their own, and constantly makes comments to the effect.
But now, things are about to change.
CHANG sits on the third side of the table with a larger glass
of wine. His eyes are glazed. Through the conversation he
starts to speak several times but stops. He has had a bit too
The shop is filled with beautiful antiques, candies, wine and
gift baskets with silk flowers. Across the room we see
people strolling by the display windows. Some stop and look
but no one is entering.
On the chessboard we see the moves of the endgame. A classic
Huh...you're right. When did you
get so good at chess?
After I dropped out of business
She sits back, takes a drink of wine, and celebrates her
victory. Chang starts to analyze the game but thinks better
of it. David continues to look for a flaw.
Charlie would freak.
Charlie...? Ralph taught you how
to play chess not Charlie.
Yeah, but Charlie always won.
I'll add that to my foster family
history journal. Play again?
Nope...big day at the Newspress
tomorrow. I have two interviews to
do... Miners vs EPA. Should be
I don't think I'd be much good
VICTORIA enters with a box of items ready for price tags and
plops the box down beside the chess set making a shooing
Ah...in that case I will use this
table to price these lovely items.
Chang...to what do I owe the
Huh?...Oh. The trunk from Beijing.
The camera moves to a unique piece with ancient decorations,
characters and images.
Victoria, Emily and David start clearing the chess pieces and
taking items out of a cardboard moving box.
I see. Where would a college
student get that much money.
I was hoping to make an offer or
put some money down?
He was just telling us what the
pictures and characters meant.
They make a story, a wonderful
children's fable that his father
Really?...what does it mean?
Basically, that we can never really
know the outcome of events or
results of our actions. You see
Chang arranges the Chinese chest he was sitting on, opens the
lid and points to the pictures on the inside of the lid,
starting at the bottom right.
He starts narrating the little storyboard.
The farmer is closing the gate on a
wild horse who has just run in his
He is very happy because it means
he will have a way to transport
more of his harvest to market and
make enough money to send his son
Oh...I get it...the pictures go
backward like the writing...that's
why we couldn't figure it out.
...who is this?
Emily points to another picture that is not the farmer or the
son. The camera continues to pan across the beautiful
Ah...that is the friend of the
farmer. He is congratulating him
on his good fortune... and here is
the farmer saying not to be to
hasty in judging this event,
because we don't know what it means
yet. And, then you see, the son
goes out to ride the horse, falls
off and breaks his leg.
That's not very good fortune.
Some customers start gathering around to listen to Chang.
One picks up a bottle of the wine they've been drinking and
looks at the label.
As CHANG continues. EMILY automatically pours a sample for
True, and that's what the friend is
saying right here. But the farmer
always replies with..."we don't
know what this means yet...so let
us not be hasty."...and now the
next day, these men come from the
government, conscripting for the
Navy. The boy can't go because he
has broken his leg.
Victoria stares at the final drawing. The camera slowly gets
closer to her face and we realize that she sees something
deeper in the story.
David breaks the silence. Several customers get closer to
see the drawings.
Well, I don't have to run off right
now. I can sort this, or maybe you
need them on the high shelves?
Victoria makes a shooing motion.
No, you can go... and take our
little one with you.
Okay, but don't get up on any
She continues to stare at the Chinese drawings but starts
speaking very quickly to Chang as if he can understand her
(very quickly, half in
Ah...there it is, you see he thinks
this is all I do now is fall off
these ladders. One little mistake.
I don't fall. Emily...you can see
I don't normally do this. He
overreacts to everything. Now it
will never be the same because of
one little slip...
She trails off mixing more German into the rhythm of her
DAVID spies an old Nazi helmet in the box and can't resist
trying it on.
Hey...what's this? Looks like your
past is coming back to haunt you.
Victoria' attention is turned from the Chinese trunk. They
circle the helmet, Emily is curious, David wants to hold it
and inspect it in detail.
Victoria stares transfixed and off in another daydream, and
as the camera slowly nears her face we hear sounds of a train
SCREECHING to a halt, soldiers YELLING, people SCREAMING,
children CRYING and METAL AGAINST METAL.
Victoria? Are you alright? HALT.
Ya, ya ... Just a memory.
Victoria sits. Emily is immediately next to her and puts her
arm around her shoulder to console her. David puts the helmet
back in the box and covers it, as if he's trying to cover the
Is this not a good time?
David walks up to the front of the store to lock the front
door as Victoria's and Emily's voices fade to the background.
I cannot forget his face. He had
steel-blue eyes. There was a scar
the whole length of his cheek.
As David gazes out into the dimly lit street, he sees a
figure...a shadow crossing from building to building. As the
figure crosses the street and the mist rises we see a white
haired elderly man, large, with steel blue eyes and a scar
the full length of his left cheek.
He is old but displays an arrogance that David immediately
dislikes. From the back of the room we hear Victoria still
telling Emily and Chang about the fateful night.
David does a double take and zooms in on the man then quickly
looks to see where Emily and Victoria are.
They are walking toward him. He positions himself between
the window and their line of sight.
At that time I thought he had
killed Edward. You know, just a few
years ago, a Jewish man was
murdered here. They found out the
murderer was a former Nazi guard.
He admitted to having a list of
over 20 escaped Jews that he vowed
to kill before he died. He
believed it was his duty to the
Can you imagine being that old and
living out your days in a jail
DAVID grabs their coats off the rack and hands them out in a
vertical fashion to hide the window as he talks.
Okay, everybody...enough of that.
Edward's rollin'. I have an idea.
Let's leave this until tomorrow and
I'll treat everybody to dinner at
the Jameson. Except Chang
Chang smiles, happy to be included at all.
Both women get it immediately and start looking around him
out the window, where the white-haired man continues to make
his way across the street.
To protests and questions David herds them all out the back
door, helping them with coats and hats.
Come on now, no arguing, get your
coats on and out the door we go.
In the background he talks of the menu and the wonderful
desert that Jacque, the new chef, has invented as he hurries
them along. Victoria acts as if he's succeeded.
That is wonderful dear, but why are
we going out the back door?
Okay, but you're buying...
Emily whispers in David's ear as they walk quickly toward the
...and giving me an explanation.
What's going on?
INT. JAMESON RESTAURANT - NIGHT
Emily, David, Chang and Victoria sit at a window table
discussing the contents of the box that contained the helmet
and where Emily got it.
So I just picked it up from the
porch and as I was putting it in
the back of the van there was this
German man who very nicely said
David is beginning to put two and two together. Victoria
I welcomed him to the neighborhood
and he said he hoped we could get a
good price for his things.
...so... Emily, what did he look
Emily stops cold. She looks at Victoria then back at David.
She stares at David. Neither one knows if they should say
anything to Victoria or not. Finally Emily makes the
I...I didn't think. My God it
could be the same man Mrs.
Victoria signals for the check.
David is about to argue but thinks better of it. Victoria
digs through her purse. She is very angry.
Perhaps...possibly, I am on a list?
How better to find us than through
an obituary notice.
Victoria, I'm sure everything is
Victoria snaps at him.
...don't lie DAVID. I saw what you
were looking at out the shop
window. I saw him pass earlier
today. Why do you think I
described him again? Eh?
Chang looks around the room as if looking for a way out of
the confrontation. The waitress picks up the credit card.
Would you like to try some of our
new Sherry? It's on the house.
They don't seem to hear her. All are lost in thought.
Victoria swishes her away.
I think I'd like you to
stay with Emily until we know
what's going on here.
I'm going to talk to the Sheriff
now. They'll run a check on the
Oh...you think you would, do you?
I will not.
No...no I was about to ask you
myself. I wouldn't be able to
sleep with that guy prowling
I will not leave my home again for
Victoria, what if this man is
involved in the list? You and
Edward escaped, you weren't shipped
out of the concentration camp with
the others. This could be a
strange professional pride with
this man. You know what they are
capable of...don't worry us like
Poor you. Now stop. I will not go
through this anymore, and neither
will you. David you will talk to
your friend Bob at the police
station...and in the meantime...I'm
going home to get a good night's
EXT. JAMESON RESTAURANT - NIGHT
Emily goes to the driver's side while David helps Victoria
into the passengers side. He helps her with her seat belt
and from Victoria's point of view we see the DOOR SLAM.
INT. TRANSPORT BERLIN, GERMANY 1945 - NIGHT
Victoria sees the door of a transport SLAMMED CLOSED and
turns around fast to see where she is. She doesn't know
whether Edward is dead or alive. She can barely see through
the dark. Babies are SCREAMING and women YELLING.
You won't find out now. We're all
as good as dead anyway.
Victoria looks at the horrible woman. One side of her face
has been smeared in blood. Victoria clutches her bag and sits
on the floor beside another woman with a small child.
Don't worry. They're taking us to
a work camp. We'll have plenty to
eat and the children will see
Victoria clutches the bag containing her wedding dress.
INT. SHOSHONE COUNTY POLICE STATION - NIGHT
David sits filling out paperwork. OFFICER MILLER enters with
a file on the Hayden arrests. We see the pictures of the Neo
Nazis and the Aryan leader Baker.
That I recall, there was only one
man who, the others said, was a
Nazi from the Third Reich. We
couldn't get any information on
Is there anyway to tell if this new guy, is the same man?
OFFICER MILLER (CONT'D)
Not without a record. And if he
isn't a registered Nazi with the
party, there's just no way to tell.
I'll call you when we hear
DAVID gets up to go.
Thanks Bob. In the meantime you'll
keep an eye on the store and Mrs.
He looks out the window and there is the man again. He looks
up at the apartment window above the antique store where the
Freedman's have lived for so many years.
Look, there he is. What do think
that's all about.
OFFICER MILLER runs out the door and from David's point of
view we hear him ask the man if there is anything he can help
him with. The man leaves.
OFFICER MILLER comes back in.
That was quick, what did he say?
I don't know he answered in German.
That's funny. He spoke perfect
English to Emily today.
INT. VICTORIA'S ANTIQUES - DAY
David and Emily are looking over an old miniature ceramic
train set from the German man.
I can't find any markings. It's
probably pretty new.
No way. 19th century at least.
Well, there is a way to find out,
isn't there. One of us could go
ask the man about it.
Victoria focuses on the miniature train car full of people
and we are transported back to Germany again.
EXT. AUSCHWITZ 1945 - DAY
A car load of prisoners is heading OUT. People are hugging
each other and crying. Victoria's train heads IN to the huge
compound. The women and children stand in several inches of
Black clouds or smoke hovers overhead. A guard barks orders
at them to keep moving. They are walking past an area
enclosed with barbed wire.
VICTORIA is next to a Gypsy woman.
Why are they doing this, the war is
It doesn't matter. See that smoke?
If you believe in God you'd better
She looks back at the train car they came in on and over to
the one on the way out. She runs to the head of the line to
talk to a guards.
Please sir...do you know anything
of my husband? He was shot and I
want to know where he is. Have
they taken him to a hospital?
Stay in line. We'll pass by the
men's compound shortly. Perhaps
you'll see him there.
INT. VICTORIA'S ANTIQUES - DAY
EMILY looks out the display window to the apartment across
the street. Through the window she thinks she sees the
German man. She leaves saying nothing. Victoria holds the
ladder while David dusts a very high shelf.
Is it lunch or something? Did she
ask you what you wanted?
No, I'm fine. I just had some tea.
Would you like some?
Where did she go?
EXT. GERMAN MAN'S APARTMENT - DAY
Emily knocks. There is no answer, even though she just saw
him through the window. She takes out a paper and pencil,
writes a quick note and sticks it under his door.
From the German man's apartment view we see Emily cross the
street to go back to the store. His door opens. We see his
black high-top shoes and a withered hand picks up the note.
INT. VICTORIA'S ANTIQUES - DAY
Emily comes in the front door. Victoria leaves the ladder
with David dusting the high shelf. She give Emily a knowing
We'll have two BLT's and some dark
He wasn't there.
David climbs down the ladder not knowing what just happened.
Hey, what happened to my ladder
holder? I have to get back to work
sometime today. I have some very
You run on to your very important
interviews. We will manage just
fine...and thank you for the
dusting my dear.
DAVID exits as several customers come in.
INT. NEWSPAPER OFFICE, DAVID'S DESK - DAY
David is on the phone. The office is small and DAVID'S desk
is in one corner. It is piled high with papers and news
Yes sir. Welcome to the Silver
Valley, and thanks again for the
interview. I will be there
tomorrow at 2:00 pm sharp.
EMILY enters and hands him a brown bag.
Great...BLT. What no beer?
You're a working man now, my dear.
You wouldn't want to get fired from
your first newspaper gig would you?
I have a plan. Victoria's giving
one of her store promotion parties
Friday night. You go tell Hans
Who's Hans Kruger?
The German guy...Tell him we've
sold all his stuff, and if he
want's to get paid right away he'd
better come to the party.
Kruger. Do you think it's safe?
Maybe you should tell Bob just in
case...this could be the same guy.
That way I could talk to him and
find out exactly what he's up to if
He wouldn't knock anybody off in
the middle of town, in front of all
Right, that's what Lee Harvey
Oswald thought. I slipped an
invitation and a "pick up cash"
notice under his door yesterday.
Why do you always do that?
INT. VICTORIA'S ANTIQUES - NIGHT
Victoria has finished counting out the til for the evening.
She has a deposit bag marked and carefully puts it in her
bag. She puts on her coat, locks the front door and leaves
via the alley exit.
EXT. ALLEY BEHIND VICTORIA'S ANTIQUES - NIGHT
As she walks she thinks she hears someone behind her. She
stops and looks. No one is there. She walks to the next
block and hears footsteps behind her. She turns in time to
see a black coattail disappear behind a doorway. She
quickens her steps and enters the bank.
INT. WALLACE BANK - NIGHT
Mrs. Freedman...are you alright?
Why, you're as white as a ghost.
Yes. It was nothing really.
Victoria leaves the bank and starts back to her apartment
above the shop.
EXT. ALLEY BEHIND VICTORIA'S ANTIQUES - NIGHT
Again, she hears footsteps and turns around. Nothing.
Who are you? Why don't you show
She walks quickly along the empty streets and by the closed
Edward, I know you are here. You
help me now.
Instead of going around to the back entrance as usual she
cuts between the buildings and into a doorway not used by the
jewelry shop next door.
She waits and hears footsteps pass, afraid to look out to see
who it is.
After sometime she steps out, looks both ways up and down the
street. She sees the light on in the German's apartment and
makes her way to the front door of the shop. She quickly
unlocks the door, lets herself in and takes a moment to
regain her composure.
She runs to the back and up the steps to the apartment. Out
the front window she looks straight across into the German's
She sees movement; a dim shadow of him walking in front of
the shade. He may have just come in...we can't tell.
Victoria collapses in the wing chair by the window and gazes
at the family pictures of Edward and eleven foster children
they have raised over the years.
She smiles at a picture of Edward.
(out of breath)
Liebshin. You said we would always
be safe here. They would never find
us... I'll join you, but, if he
touches our children...
She reached in a drawer under the picture. There is yarn,
knitting needles and a small revolver.
INT. NEWSPAPER OFFICE - NIGHT
The PHONE RINGS and David answers.
Shoshone News, this is David.
I would like you to come to the
apartment. I need to talk to you
about something that will take a
little while. Emily is with you?
... yes...do you want her to come
Yes, she should hear this too.
When can you come?
I'll finish up and be right over.
David hangs up the phone looking puzzled.
What is it?
Ya know...that's the first time she
has called me since I moved out of
EXT. VICTORIA'S ANTIQUES, APARTMENT ENTRY - NIGHT
David and Emily ascend the back steps, but when they try the
door it is locked from the inside.
This is odd. They both react.
We hear Victoria's footsteps and see her shadow approaching
through the door window.
Thank you for coming my dears.. I
have tea ready for you.
They sit and as Victoria pours tea and we hear the sound of
the LIQUID POURING into the cup we are taken back to the
train scene in Auschwitz..
EXT. AUSCHWITZ - DAY
A soldier is peeing in the snow, with a beer stein in the
other hand. A snow storm makes it increasingly difficult to
We can barely make out a line of women, holding their coats
close to them, but on the other side of the barbed-wire we
now see several men huddled together. They have been striped
of most of their clothing. Two of them try to talk to
They said we would have a hot
shower. That was over an hour ago.
I'm afraid we've been left to
freeze to death.
Another man steps out of the huddle and approaches Victoria
who still clutches her bag. He is skin and bones and shivers
in the snow.
Please, please help me. I can't
stand this any longer.
Victoria steps away, afraid the wretched man is going to
reach through the barbed wire and grab her.
PRISONER 2 (CONT'D)
Listen...listen to me. Everybody
is confused. The guards have
become lax. That gate will be left
open while they have their beer.
Victoria looks around and just as the man said, no guards are
in sight and the small gate has been left open and
PRISONER 2 (CONT'D)
If you run you can make it across
that forest area to a small farm.
I know it is there. I worked for
the man just a month ago. Run, the
storm will cover your tracks.
Without a second thought VICTORIA takes her wedding dress out
of the bag and hands it to the man to put around his
shoulders. She puts her grandmother's salt and pepper
shakers in each pocket, drops the bag and runs for it.
INT. VICTORIA'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
David and Emily sit transfixed listening to Victoria's story.
You gave him your wedding dress?
Yes, my grandmother's lace and my
long family history...you
see...this was the holocaust. All
I could think was..."just stay
alive". If I was to find Edward at
all or if I needed help for him, I
had to get out. The stories of what
the Nazis were doing became very
true and very clear to me.
EXT. AUSCHWITZ - DAY
Victoria looks back to the gate and views the sight from the
safety of a tree as she tries to catch her breath. Through
the blinding snow we see what she describes.
When I got to the perimeter of
trees I heard shots. I turned
around and the bodies of two women
lay behind me. The guard who shot
Edward and kicked me was standing
at the head of a line of men. His
rifle was still to his shoulder.
There is no time. She turns and continues running as fast as
she can. The snow storm covers twigs and branches; she trips
and falls twisting her ankle. She tries to continue but the
pain is keeping her from running very fast.
VICTORIA (VO) (CONT'D)
I ran through the storm I thought I
had seen an entire line of
prisoners behind where I had been
standing. Were they the men from
our train? Was Edward among them?
I had no choice now.
I could not go back to him. I too
would be killed.
EXT. FARM - HOG HOUSE AUSCHWITZ - DAY
There are trucks parked close by. Unable to tell whether or
not they belong to the Nazis she runs to one of the hog
houses and rolls under it. We hear soldiers voices
questioning the farmer. Dogs are barking and it sounds like
they are getting closer.
Victoria feels in her pocket for one of the shakers. She
finds the pepper and starts shaking it around the skirt of
the pig shelter. The dogs get closer.
One of the dogs sneezes, one yelps and they depart. We hear
the trucks start up. The soldier with the steel-blue eyes
and the scar on his cheek drives away.
She exhales and falls unconscious.
EXT. FARM HOG HOUSE AUSCHWITZ - NIGHT
Many hours later she awakens and reaches down to feel her
ankle. Suddenly she realizes she is not alone. There is a
body beside her.
She struggles not to scream and scrambles out from under the
Victoria, Victoria. Is that you?
I could hardly believe my ears. It
was Edward. He was not hit in a
bad place with the bullet. He saw
me run. He waited until the right
time and ran in the same direction.
When the guards and dogs came after
me, the gate was left open.
INT. FARM HOUSE - NIGHT
The farmer greets them at the door, gives them food and
directs them to a hatch in the floor where there is a tunnel
to another underground home.
INT. VICTORIA'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
Our luck had changed. We made our
way to Amsterdam and boarded a ship
to New York. We vowed never to
return to Germany.
She opens a photo album to a picture of Edward and Victoria
on their wedding day. The dress is short, and the lace looks
very old even in the faded photograph. She touches the
We wanted to forget. These are
pictures of our friends and family
left behind. Edward and I built our
own family here, where we would be
safe from this insanity of Nazis
and war. Now it has found me again.
I am afraid for your lives. I know
what this man is capable of and I
will not allow him to hurt you.
Victoria, we don't know that this
is the same man. Bob just told me
about a raid up in Hayden last
night. The Feds confiscated a
truckload of firearms and arrested
several men, Nazis.
David, I believe that man was
following me tonight when I took
the deposit to the bank.
INT. VICTORIA'S ANTIQUES PARTY - NIGHT
A huge gathering of friends and potential buyers are milling
about, tasting wine, talking and surrounding Victoria, who is
the center of attention.
David and Emily are dressed formally for the promotion.
David is uneasy, always looking toward the door for HANS
The shop is decorated for a party and the music has begun.
People arrive in formal dresses and suits and there is a
beautifully decorated cake, and tables laden with food and
As the guests stand around chatting, in the background we see
Hans Kruger, the man who received the welcome basket from
Emily. Emily greets him and offers him a glass of wine. He
looks at Victoria and does a double take.
There is talking and many toasts. Hans Kruger continues to
stare at Victoria so much she becomes nervous.
She busies herself pouring wine for guests.
The party continues and from behind other people and various
antiques the man looks at Victoria.
Finally as she's talking to a friend she turns around and he
is right beside her. Her voice shakes a bit as she addresses
Excuse me sir. I've noticed you
looking at me all night. Have we
I believe so. Can you wait here for
Victoria nods as the man walks gingerly out the front door.
Who is that man? He talks funny.
Hans Kruger, the man I was telling
The party continues and after a time the man comes back.
David and Emily brace themselves. Bob takes the pistol out
of its holster.
Hans Kruger is carrying a paper bag and walks directly over
to Victoria. He has the attention of the entire crowd of
This belongs to you.
Victoria opens the paper bag and slides a wedding dress out
of it. She inspects the ribbon. Her hands run over the lace
that has been in her family for so many years.
David is standing beside her and steadies her as she nearly
You...you are the man? Dear God
You saved my life. The others
froze to death.
As the astonished crowd reacts the camera closes in on the
trunk and Changs interpretation.
We can never really know the
results of our actions.