Children of the Holocaust Essay

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“One of the most extraordinary aspects of Nazi genocide was the cold deliberate intention to kill children in numbers so great that there is no historical precedent for it.” (Lukas, 13 Kindle) About 1.5 million children were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust—one million being killed because they were Jews (ushmm.org) The Germans had a clearly defined goal of killing the Jewish children so that there would be no remnants of their race to reproduce, resulting in extinction. Not only were the children that were victimized in the Holocaust persecuted and murdered, but they were all stripped of their childhood. Children were not allowed to be children—they had to, for their own survival, be adults. The oppression of children because of …show more content…
Children also went through the trauma of experiencing things that normal childhoods do not include. Essentially, they lost their childhood because of the separation from their families. Children are meant to live care-free lives of happiness; those in the Holocaust, instead, endured lives of watching death, illness, suffering, and hatred. These children were also exposed to extreme emotions such as hatred, envy, and depression. Many did not understand why their people, and not others, had to lose so much, including friendships (Lukas, 138 Kindle).
One might ask: why the children? The Nazis knew that the children were like seeds, and without them, the Jewish nation could not grow, so they had to be exterminated first to secure the complete elimination. In the book, Did the Children Cry, by Richard C. Lukas, he writes, “Killing Jewish children was intended to prevent Jews from perpetuating themselves, which explains why the Nazis were as ruthless in slaughtering Jewish children as they were in killing Jewish adults.” (22 Kindle) Not all children were subject to death by gas chambers. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum describes the other ways in which children were maimed, perished, or traumatized, saying:
The fate of Jewish and non-Jewish children can be categorized in the following way: 1) children killed when they arrived in…