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WWll By: Libby Hertel
Transcript of WWll By: Libby Hertel
In WWII though some deny it, and some claim it never happened there were people that saw, did, and felt things of unimaginable horrors. Though women and children are often pardoned or pitied from mobs and wars this was a genocide that killed EVERYONE in its path.
WWII was what showed the world what a single evil man was capable of. Capable of taking a three year old child handing him to his mother and then shooting him in her very arms and then simply walking away.
Children of the Holocaust
By: Libby Hertel
Two young brothers, seated for a family photograph
in the Kovno ghetto. One month later, they were
deported to the Majdanek camp. Kovno, Lithuania,
— US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Children were especially vulnerable during the Holocaust. The Nazis encouraged killing children of “unwanted” or “dangerous” groups. The Germans and their collaborators killed as many as 1.5 million children, including over a million Jewish children and tens of thousands of Gypsy children, German children with physical and mental disabilities living in institutions, Polish children, and children residing in the occupied Soviet Union. Though Jewish and some non-Jewish children between the ages of 13 and 18 had a greater chance of survival because they could work, they were often killed in work camps.
1) born in ghettos and camps but survived because other prisoners hid them.
2) children, usually over the age of 12, who were used a laborers and as subjects of medical experiments.
3) killed when they arrived at killing centers.
4) killed immediately after birth or in institutions.
5) killed during German retaliation or rebellion.
The fate of Jewish and non-Jewish children
can be categorized in the following way:
German authorities generally selected children, along with the elderly, ill, and disabled, for the first deportations to killing centers, or as the first victims led to mass graves to be shot.
Upon arrival at the killing centers, the camp authorities sent the majority of children directly to the gas chambers. The German police forces that occupied Poland and the Soviet Union shot thousands of children at the edge of mass graves. Tragic choices made by adults when faced with German demands often resulted in the unnecessary abandonment and killing of children. It was death without reason.
Why They Died
I told him that I did not believe that they could burn people in our age, that humanity would never tolerate it . . .”
― Elie Wiesel, Night
“Surely there is no more wretched sight that the human body unloved and uncared for.”
― Corrie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place
Quotes from Children of the Holocaust