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Among the 5 million non-Jews killed in Nazi concentration camps were 3 million Christian Poles, 500,000 Roma, 5,000 to 15,000 homosexuals, 838 Jehovah’s Witnesses, and very nearly one Hitler Youth. In his memoir Tomorrow Will Be Better: Surviving Nazi Germany, Walter Meyer details how youthful hi-jinks, like stealing cookies from the school kitchen and distributing them in his dormitory, led to his prison confinement at 16, transfer to the concentration camp system, and ultimate escape. Ravensbrueck, Meyer writes without irony, was “so horrible that prisoners who had come from Dachau…became homesick.” After 10 months of hard labor, Meyer weighed 80 pounds and was consumed by tuberculosis. When his appetite suddenly disappeared, he realized that if he wanted to die a free man, he had to escape. Meyer discusses and signs Tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Borders, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. (202) 686-8270. (Janet Hopf)