"As I got to know young Elias and Ambros, I found that they had been involved in the White Rose movement at the university of Munich along with several other students. At first they had been resolved to remain neutral, but when the Führer named homosexuality a crime, the two young men, who had been in a relationship since their freshman year at the school, could no longer hide their antipathy. The movement had been a very nonviolent sort of upheaval consisting of the distribution of anti-party pamphlets, and while not quite in the inner ring of this protest, they had been friendly with its leaders and willingly took part in it. When the members were arrested in 1943, Elias and Ambros had escaped the death penalty and were sent to prison, but when the Gestapo discovered that they were gay, they were moved to an internment camp where they both worked for several months until they came here. They were only twenty-four years old, but they truly did love each other. It was a quiet sort of love—they didn’t flaunt it, especially since this would cause them even more difficulty with soldiers. It was a practical sort of love: intercepted glances, touching fingers, small smiles. They just seemed happy being in the company of the other, and I couldn’t imagine why their genders should have ever gotten in the way of anything."
-Paper Stars, pg. 265
So, this is Ambros and Eli, two characters recently introduced into the final draft of PS. I felt that the losses and stigma suffered by homosexuals in ww2 have been under-represented, so these two make their cameo appearances whilst Sara and Benjamin are in the ghetto.
art, characters (c) me