BC: The End
FC: By Alyssa Patches | Children Of | The Holocaust
1: The Nazis killed a total of 1.5 million children during the Holocaust. Many died early in the Ghettos due to starvation or inadequate clothing and shelter. When the Children arrived at Auschwitz they were either sent straight to the gas chambers or the children over the age of 12 were used as laborers or for medical experiments. Many babies born in the Concentration Camps were killed right away.Of most of the children who survived they were between the ages of 13 and 18. Between 1938 and 1940 Troops used the Kindertransport which was an informal name used to get children into Great Britain for safety from the Nazis. At the end of World War II many Orphaned Children were in the Displaced Persons Camps, and other children had fled to the Eastern part of Europe. Most of the Jewish children who survived the Holocaust was due to people hiding them, some of the people who hid the Jewish Children were non Jews. About 216,000 children were sent to Auschwitz and 6,700 teenagers were sent into Labor work and almost all the rest of the teenagers were sent to the gas chambers. When Auschwitz was liberated in January only 451 children were found of the 9,000 surviving prisoners.A total of 16-11% Europe's prewar Jewish children population survived when the adults were at 33%.
2: Sheila Bernard was one of many survivors of the Holocaust. During the Holocaust, however, she was a child, in hiding. Her and her family were living happily in Poland but then the Nazis took over and her town became a Ghetto. Her aunt and Uncle and their children had to move into a small apartment with Sheila and her parents. Food was low for her and her family, then one day Sheila's dad and uncle had to leave for a camp. They were gone for awhile, then Sheila found out that her dad and uncle had escaped when they found out the Nazis were killing the men, and they were heading back for Sheila and her family. As they were coming back out of no where they were shot and killed by Germans. Later on, Shela's mom was sent into a Labor Camp, and not too long after that the Nazis raided the apartment Sheila and her family were living in. The Nazis killed Sheila's aunt and the children but Sheila was still alive...and alone. Sheila's mother found out what had happened and she talked the Guard at the camp to let Sheila sneak into better hiding, fearing the Nazis would come back and kill her too. Sheila then hid in a field near where her mother had been working. A polish officer then hid Sheila and her mother until the War ended. After the war Sheila's mother passed away, and Sheila married later in life and in 1963 her and her husband moved to the United States.
3: Charlene Schiff was also a child during the Holocaust, her parents were Local Leaders in their town, then the Nazis took over and they were forced to move into a Ghetto. The Soviet Union took Charlene's father and arrested him and Charlene never saw him again. Her mother, her sister, and herself lived in the Ghetto together until Charlene's mother found out the Germans were going to destroy the Ghetto so she and Charlene fled leaving Charlene's sister behind. Her sister tried to hide some where else but was found and killed. Charlene and her mother hid in an underbrush along the river, but one day when Charlene woke up and her mother was gone, so she was alone. Later she was liberated by the Soviet Union and moved to the United States.
4: Quote by: Regine Donner, Jewish child in hiding in Belgium "I HAD TO KEEP MY JEWISHNESS HIDDEN, SECRET, NEVER TO BE REVEALED ON PENALTY OF DEATH. I MISSED OUT ON MY CHILDHOOD AND THE BEST OF MY ADOLESCENT YEARS. I WAS ROBBED OF MY NAME, MY RELIGION, MY ZIONIST IDEALISM." Quote by: Renee Fritz, Jewish child hidden in Belgium "I HAD BEEN SEPARATED FROM MY MOTHER SO LONG THAT MOTHER DIDN’T MEAN ANYTHING TO ME."
5: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen
11: All things grow better with love.
22: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.