Essay on Holocaust Children

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Children of the Holocaust
Advanced Composition/ ENGL 135
June 20, 2011

Alena Synjova once stated, “ I’d like to go away alone where there are other, nicer people, somewhere into the far unknown, there, where no one kills another. Maybe more of us, a thousand strong, will reach this goal before too long” (Volavková, 1994, p. 50). During the Holocaust, people craved opportunity to escape to a place where there were polite people and no one killed each other. The Holocaust affected everyone, ranging from the elderly to the young children, who were faced with horrific situations. They witnessed the death of the people around them and were forced to live under unmentionable conditions. The holocaust altered non-Jewish and Jewish
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46). For this reason, the mentally retarted, physically handicapped, or mentally ill were targets, having been killed in gas chambers. Handicapped infants and small children were killed by an injection with a deadly dose of drugs or by starvation. The bodies were burned in crematories leading to more than 200,000 handicapped people murdered between 1940 and 1945 (Bachrach, 1994, p. 32). “The Jews were transported, either by trains or trucks to six camps; Poland, Chelmno, Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Majdanek-Lublin. These camps were called extermination camps. The trips on the train took a few hours and sometimes it took days. The people were crammed into boxcars until there was no room for anyone to move. Freight cars had no seats, no bathroom facilities, and only slatted openings as windows, so inside it was dark, and the air reeked with the smell of bodies and human waste” (Bachrach, 1994, p. 48). Mendy Berger, a Holocaust survivor remembered the train ride and stated, “One hundred people standing in a locked railroad car, no food, no water, people dying, the smell of the dead, and we had no toilets. We did it right where we were standing, and we couldn’t move away from it” (Adler 1989, p. 67). Arthur Rubin, another Holocaust survivor recounts “children were crying for water, and mothers’ hearts were torn because they were unable to help them…..The train stopped at various stations. There were women standing near the railroad tracks with
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