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"Adam" is a short story in Vonnegut's collection entitled Welcome to the Monkey House. It is the story of a man named Heinz Knechtmann whose wife is giving birth to a son. Knechtmann is overcome with joy at the birth of his son, which he sees as the continuation of his entire family that has been annihilated in the Holocaust. His joy is contrasted by another man who has not suffered in the way he has. This man is also having a child but views it as an ordinary fact of life and not as the miracle Knechtmann sees it as.

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