Words of Others | "A Place in Heaven"

This week's Words of Others comes from the same novel as last week's, The Book Thief. It is a suicide note from a German soldier who hangs himself months after he comes home from Stalingrad with his fingers blown off and with the memory of a brother who died there. It captures what I would hope to be true, if I believed in an afterlife:

* * * MICHAEL HOLTZAPFEL -- THE LAST GOODBYE * * * Dear Mama, Can you ever forgive me? I just couldn't stand it any longer. I'm meeting Robert. I don't care what the damn Catholics say about it. There must be a place in heaven for those who have been where I have been. You might think I don't love you because of what I've done, but I do. Your Michael