The Holocaust. Andrea Richardson & Alicia Smith. Adolf Hitler. “Once I really am in power, my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the Jews…until all Germany has been completely cleansed of Jews.” Adolf Hitler.
Andrea Richardson & Alicia Smith
“Once I really am in power, my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the Jews…until all Germany has been completely cleansed of Jews.”
the yellow Star or arm band
He who wears this symbol is
of our people.
Jews: Entry is Forbidden
Sign at the entrance of a park
Jews go to the left, non-Jews to the right.
Sign on a streetcar
Images from: http://www.eilatgordinlevitan.com/krakow/krkw_pages/krkw_ghetto.html
During the war, I’ve been
studying by myself, at
home. When I remember
that I used to go to school,
I feel like crying.
Images from: www.eilatgordinlevitan.com/krakow/krkw_pages/krkw_ghetto.html
When I look at the barbed wire
that separates us from the rest
of the world, my soul longs for
freedom—like a bird in a cage.
My eyes are filled with tears. I
envy those birds that can fly
freely. When I write these words
my heart breaks and I see images
from the past. Will I ever live in
better times? Who knows? It’s a
difficult question. May God help
us. Will I be with my parents and
friends after the war? Will we
have enough bread and rye flour?
Right now the starvation is at its
peak. Once again we have nothing
to cook…. Everybody wants to live.
—Anonymous girl, March 6, 1942,
the ódz ghetto in Poland
Krystyna and her brother PawelekChiger lived for 14 months in a sewer, never seeing the light of day.
Krystyna, 7 years old
Pawelek, 3 years old
Often, families were torn apart. In a desperate attempt to save their children, parents made the agonizing decision to leave their little ones with strangers. And, frequently, children were left to fend for themselves, wandering through forests and villages in search of food and shelter.
I was 4 years old and my brother was 5-1/2 years old when we were first separated from our parents and placed in a Protestant orphanage in Belgium. I was a depressed and confused child, but with the passing of time, I began to believe that all children lived away from their parents.
Lili& Charles Silberman
with their Mother
Children being led to the gas chambers.
Physicians and medical researchers used a number of children, including twins, in concentration camps for medical experiments that often resulted in the deaths of the children.