The Moon Is Down Author:John Steinbeck "The Moon is Down" — Without warning the Nazis invaded the town. They seized the Mayor's home as their headquarters; they rationed the food; they publicly shot the first man who rebelled against their oppression. They were the conquerors. The hatred was deep in the eyes of the people. Their cold, sullen silence fell like black snow, chilli... more »ng the soldiers and filling them with fear. And as the conquerors' nerves wore thin, they shot at black shadows in the night.