"Warsaw, Dresden, Berlin, Cologne, Budapest"

This is a list of great European cities which the narrator notes were “all horribly scarred in the last war.” Some are associated with subsequent works of literature that relate to their wartime experiences; for example, the bombing of Dresden is at the heart of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughter-House Five, and Warsaw’s Jewish ghetto and its resistance to the Nazi occupation is the setting for John Hersey’s The Wall.