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Bakkeleien in een Berlijnse bios by Peter de Zwaan

By Peter de Zwaan

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That was a long time ago," I said. "There are no opportunities in a communist country," he said. " "It was a youthful mistake, sir," I said. " "I'm sure of it," I said, and I was. He would simply start up his third Ponzi scheme consisting, as before, of offering fools enormous rates of interest for the use of their money. As before, he would use most of the money to buy himself mansions and Rolls-Royces and speedboats and so on, but returning part of it as the high interest he had promised. More and more people would come to him, having heard of him from gloatingly satisfied recipients of his interest checks, and he would use their money to write more interest checks - and on and on.

They could make fortunes on the outside - especially in cities, looking after people's pets. This was why they gave Fender such a pleasant, private apartment on the end of a dock He inspected meat. As long as he did that, nobody was going to think of inspecting him. " He had gone berserk for the subtlety and delicacy of all things Japanese. This art mania was surely an apology, among other things, for his own huge and to him - ugly and useless hands and feet and all. "Izumi kept looking back and forth between me and the beautiful things on my shelves and walls - in ray cupboards, in my drawers," he told me one time.

Edith Piaf was singing "Non, Je ne Regrette Rien. " The song ended just as Clyde and I entered the supply room, so that Dr. Robert Fender, the supply clerk and lifer, could tell us passionately how much he agreed with the song. " he said, his teeth gnashing, his eyes blazing, "je ne regrette rien! " This was, as I have already said, a veterinarian and the only American to have been convicted of treason during the Korean War. He could have been shot for what he did, since he was then a first lieutenant in the United States Army, serving in Japan and inspecting meat on its way to the troops in Korea.

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