This is what happened next.
The author writes for psychological reasons in the third person.
They crossed some railway tracks and suddenly found themselves in a wide-open space, and before them, far away, an extended panorama at the end of which were snow-covered mountain peaks. This was certainly not the Tatra Mountains or the Alps. He thought that the Berlin doctor who was in the same row as he was should be best oriented as to where they were.
'Where are we actually?'
'Those are the Riesengebirge!'
Riesengebirge? Giant mountains? He had never heard of them and they did not look like giants.
'Where are those mountains?'
'In the Sudeten. We are almost certainly in the Sudeten!'
It was Emil Vogel, the doctor from Prague, who marched behind them who said it. The one from Berlin was Heinz Hirschfeld. He boasted that he was a nephew of Professor Magnus Hirschfeld, a specialist in the area of sexuality whose popular scientific books bordering on pornography were in vogue after the First World War. A fourth one in this group of doctors was the dentist Loewi, also from Berlin.
They now walked along a paved road, and on the right side they noticed a sign with the inscription 'Hirschberg' nailed to a pole. So they were in Hirschberg, Jelenia Góra in Polish. That name, like the name Riesengebirge, had not meant anything to him at that time.
After a while the uneven clatter of their steps - most inmates wore wooden clogs - resounded with an ever more prolonged echo through the clean streets framed by beautiful colourful houses with small windows like in dolls' houses.
Some of the houses were green, some yellow, a few red, and the shutters were painted dark brown. No traces of the war were noticeable. It must have still been quite early because the streets were almost empty.
At one moment he heard Hirschfeld, who was marching to the right of him, whisper:
'I have something to ask you. Switch places with me.'
'Of course,' he said surprised. 'What is the difference?'
They changed places, and now Hirschfeld marched to the left of him.
'I often used to come sking here ... I would not like an acquaintance to see me here ...'
He was so surprised by that answer that he even stopped.
'Are you ashamed? For Heaven's sake! What are you ashamed of?'
'You know. In this striped uniform, I look like a criminal. What would they think of me?'
He wanted to say something insulting but restrained himself. He never could fathom the mentality of the German Jews. And in addition to this, he could never change it.
He looked askance at Hirschfeld to see whether he was hiding his face from the side of the pavement ...
With a Yellow Star and a Red Cross by Arnold Mostowicz