Children of the Holocaust How did children during World War II feel during this time period, since they were still new to the world and didn't know what happened?

Children were almost always scared that they would never see their parents again. Most of them never did. On page 7 of saving children of the holocaust a kinder transport, the text states,"This adventure, however, would be very different. This time, she would be going alone. Not exactly alone-six hundred other children would be going with her". This means that children were often scared that they would never see their families again after every single day. They never new if they would see the light of tomorrow or not and this frightened them.

In paragraph 2 of children's experiences during World War II the text states," Children living in cities were at risk from enemy bombing raids, and for this reason, many children were evacuated from cities to rural areas where it was safer. Evacuating thousands of city children was a massive task. Transport and places to stay all had to be arranged."Children had just as much the risk, if not more than adults. They would also be taken to concentration camps but not labor camps nearly as much because they could not be used for as many things as the adults. Thus the nazis killing the children that were not useful. The children that were used for labor made ammunition. The children were very scared because of this.

In paragraph 2 of life in shadows Hidden children and the holocaust, the text states,"Thousands of Jewish children survived this brutal carnage, however, many because they were hidden. With identities disguised, and often physically concealed from the outside world, these youngsters faced constant fear, dilemmas, and danger." Children were always faced with fear during the holocaust and if they did not have that feeling they would be dead. The nazis didn't care if they were young or old, they just wanted to rid the world of Jews.

In paragraph 3 of the children who survived the Holocaust the text states,"Liberation for children was not necessarily liberating. Mostly, parents did not come for them. Children waited for years until hope too had died. The youngest survivors did not know their names, country of origin, or even their first language." This shows how children didn't know much of anything besides running during the Holocaust. They only had a number if they were in a concentration camp if they could make it that far without being killed. Most children were killed on sight in concentration camps or starved. They were weaker and had less muscles than the adults so they were useless to the nazis.

Most of the time, children in Europe were bones and flesh.

In paragraph 6 of the children who survived the Holocaust, the text states,"Children were swept up from Europe and resettled in England and Israel, the United States and Canada, Australia and South Africa. Their experiences were very different from the older survivors. Generally speaking, those under age 16 or 17, by war's end, were taken in by foster families, returned to school, and discouraged to speak of the past." The lucky ones who did survive and survived long enough were taken in by rescuers and had the same life as any other kid, besides the fact that most of their family was killed and the only family they kind of had was their foster family. This showed loneliness in thinking that you might never see your parents or brothers or sisters again.

In paragraph 18 in life in shadows Hidden children and the Holocaust the text states,"During bombings, Jewish children had to remain hidden, unable to flee to the safety of shelters. Under these conditions, the children often suffered from a lack of human interaction and endured boredom and fear." This meant that Jewish children could not do anything to fully endure their safety. Even in bombings they were not allowed to move to a desired location to stay. Their feelings were full of boredom and fear when they had nothing to do and their minds often got the best of them.


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