Emma stays silent. At that moment, Frederik comes home from work.
Hello, family! Sorry, I came home
late! But you won’t be mad when you
see what I brought home!
Marthe gives him a kiss hello. Emma just stares at the box that is in his arms. Frederik puts it down and shows them what is inside.
Look! Jewelry! Silver picture frames!
Oh, some new pots and pans!
Oh, honey, they’re beautiful!
Frederik hands Emma a porcelain doll. Emma notices that there is a drop of blood on the doll’s face.
Where did you get this stuff?
We found a herd of Jews hiding in
some warehouse, and we-
Emma abruptly leaves the house.
EXT. ICE CREAM PARLOR. EVENING.
A local ice cream parlor is closed up, but Hadon and Belinda sit outside finishing their ice cream. Emma comes up to them, looking dismal.
So, you’ve heard?
About Belinda’s baby?
No. They found out that my mother
had a psychotic break down when
she was younger. She got better,
but the law does not allow certain
genes to be passed on. They made
my mother and I sterile. I will not
be able to produce a child for the
Hadon buries his head in his hands in shame. Belinda pats him in comfort.
I’m so sorry they did this to you.
It’s not their fault. I certainly
don’t want to pass on bad genes.
That’s exactly what the Jews have
I don’t think genes make you good
or bad. I think you make yourself
good or bad.
Emma! Are you questioning the party?
Maybe it needs to be questioned.
Hadon and Belinda drop their ice cream in horror.
The German machine is powered from
oil made from innocent blood!
Our country is already prospering by
the party’s regime!
But at what price? The only reason
we have any success is because we
are stealing from the dead!
You are talking about Jews like they
They are humans! You think the Nazis
are out there slaying monsters? Have
you bothered to find out for yourself
whether or not they’re claims are true?
No, you just blindly follow orders like
rats in a maze. The Nazis spill blood at
the blink of an eye! I think Nazis are
monsters and you’re the one that’s not
Before Emma can go on, Belinda and Hadon pin her down. They beat her up until she feigns being unconscious.
Should we tell someone?
No. Let her suffer.
Hadon and Belinda walk away. Emma opens an eye and watches the sole of their shoes disappear into the night. Emma closes her eyes and takes a deep breath.
INT. KITCHEN. EVENING.
Frederik and Marthe are sitting down to dinner. Emma walks in and sits down. She does not say a word to her parents. Marthe serves Emma some food.
Your school called today.
They said you didn’t come in
Oh, well, I, uh, I didn’t feel
It’s alright, darling.
You don’t have to go to that school
No. Your father got some exciting
I got promoted!
I will be in charge of the Schwarze
Emma drops her fork. She stares blankly ahead. Frederik expected her to be excited and looks a little crestfallen.
I’m sorry that we will be moving
again. But we will be living in a
bigger and better house. We will
make more money. And I will truly
make a difference for Germany.
Everyone is quiet for a beat.
Have some more potatoes, honey.
Emma cannot muster up an appetite. She leaves the table and runs to her room.