Did children in the holocaust have a better chance of living than adults? By holden momtarsi

6 million Jews died during the Holocaust. Out of that a little over 1 million Jewish children died during the Holocaust. This brings a question did the Jewish children have a better chance of surving that the Jewish adults?

Sent to the gas chambers

"In the camps, young children, the elderly, and pregnant women routinely were sent to the gas chambers immediately after arrival."(Untied States Holocaust Memorial Museum). Young children where sent to the gas chambers upon arrival because Hitler knew the children were the future of the Jews. So once they were inspected and couldn't be used for anything they weren't sent to the gas chambers with other people that couldn't do anything to be killed.

Teens sent to slave labor

"Some Jewish and some non-Jewish adolescents (13-18 years old) had a greater chance of survival, as they could be used for forced labor."(United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). Some teens in the holocaust were lucky and got to go into slave labor and not to the gas chambers. "operated a selection policy where the fittest were chosen for slave labour,...Teenagers had a better chance of surviving selection, particularly if they claimed to have a skill."(BBC). The more fit and skilled teens and men had a good chance on living longer in the holocaust and some survived but that was very unlikely. Even in the slave labor It was very harsh and you got terrible things that lead to death with doing it.

Crude experiments

"Some children were kept back from the gas chambers so they could be used for horrific medical experiments."(BBC). If A child wasn't picked for slave labor or sent to the gas chambers then they'd usually be selected for experiments. This experiments would certainly mean painful and crude deaths. During these experiments they would do anything they wanted to the children testing what things did to the body even if they k e wit would kill them.

Through the help of people

"Some of the children under threat spent years hiding from the Nazi authorities - either by hiding physically in barns, attics and cellars, or by taking on false identities. There are a few examples of resistance movements working to move children to safety. For example, the Belgium priest, Joseph André, worked with the Comité de Défense des Juifs to save hundreds of Jewish children by finding them hiding places in convents, monasteries and private homes."(projetalladin). Although all these bad things happened to children they did have a better chance of people helping them hid from the nazi's keeping their identities a secret. Children were easier to hid then adults and families because lots of people didn't know anything about them and they could get a clean start. This favored the kids and saved a lot of their life's.

Children's chance of survival

"Many do not realize it, but Jewish children died at a rate far higher than adults during the war. It is estimated that only 6-11% of Jewish children living in Europe before World War II survived, as compared with 33% of adults."(Annefrank.com). This means that since Hitler realized the children were the future of the Jews he made sure that he would kill a lot more of them before he would kill the adults. This means that the children of the Holocaust had a lot less of a chance of survival than the adults and it is a miracle that people saved them and got them to survive through these bad times.

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