Prisoner Ivan, a talented violin player, performs for Hauptsturmführer SS Hecht in his office. The one-armed Hecht by turns listens and talks to Ivan, whose sympathy he would like to gain. It would be enough for Hecht if Ivan only said that he has nothing in common with the other prisoners. But Ivan does not betray his people. He says nothing and, in his imagination, sees a revolt of the prisoners, their fight with the Germans and their dogs and Hecht's death. Hecht wants to return home - because "anything is better than death". In a family photograph, the former virtuoso Hecht has both arms. In a mass grave Ivan lies dead and the German officer weeps.