Christmas Gift in Luxembourg

Kindling a Lifelong Passion

"I learned how to play chess."

"I know in northern Luxembourg, just before going into Germany, we had gotten some Christmas packages after the bulls were stopped and turned around. And we got a chess set, and I learned how to play chess."

Editor's Note:

Witnessing the inmates in Buchenwald playing chess left an indelible impression on Scott. He later reflected, "And when we got into Buchenwald, just a few weeks later, we saw some of those prisoners who were just seemingly, we thought in a trance, playing chess. And I later realized that they weren't in a trance, this was the only thing that blotted out everything around them."