Holocaust was the
systematic annihilation of six million Jews by the Nazis during World
War 2. In 1933 approximately nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries
of Europe that would be military occupied by Germany during the war. By
1945 two out of every three European Jews had been killed by the Nazis.
1.5 million children were murdered during the Holocaust. This figure includes more than 1.2 million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children and thousands of institutionalized handicapped children. Nazi persecution, arrests, and deportations were directed against all members of Jewish families without concern for age. Plucked from their homes and stripped of their childhoods, the children had witnessed the murder of parents, siblings, and relatives. They faced starvation, illness and brutal labor, until they were consigned to the gas chambers.
In the late 1930's the Nazis killed thousands of handicapped Germans by lethal injection and poisonous gas. After the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, mobile killing units following in the wake of the German Army began shooting massive numbers of Jews and Gypsies in open fields and ravines on the outskirts of conquered cities and towns.
Eventually the Nazis created a more secluded and organized method of killing. Six extermination centers were established in occupied Poland - Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belzec, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibor, and Treblinka - where large-scale murder by gas and body disposal through cremation were conducted systematically. Victims were deported to these centers from Western Europe and from the ghettos in Eastern Europe which the Nazis had established. In addition, millions died in the ghettos and concentration camps as a result of forced labor, starvation, exposure, brutality, disease, and execution.
You find a few of the Jewish children here - but there are no happy endings. The little children were all murdered in the Nazi death camps during the Holocaust.
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