June 3, 2008
Could he buy the tomatoes off him? At this point, the U-boot crew would have not seen fresh fruit for more than a month. There would be more tomatoes waiting at home, the man's father thought. He asked the guards if he could sell them the tomatoes, and they agreed; however, the U-boot crew had no English money. Instead, they offered in exchange a beautiful pair of binoculars, attached to a leather sash, which would have been used to tie oneself to a life-line while on deck. On the way home he was examining the binoculars.