As if another world war was not devastating enough, the Holocaust also occurred during World War II. The Holocaust began with the discriminatory Nuremberg Laws in 1935, which stripped Jews of their natural rights. In 1938, Kristallnacht occurred, commencing government-approved violence against all Jews for simply being Jewish. Afterwards, Jews were moved into ghettos and transported to camps. The Nazi policy of murdering Jews only intensified in 1942, with the decision to implement the Final Solution in the Wannsee Conference. By the end of the war in Europe, which lasted until 1945, approximately 6 million Jews were dead, including 1.5 million children. As a child, it was worse to be in the camps than to be hidden during World War II because camp children faced immediate deaths, or severe mental stress and physical trauma; therefore, hidden children, as uncomfortable or fearful was their experience, clearly had a better chance of survival.
Being in hiding is preferable to being in the camps because there was still a chance that
children could stay in hiding and survive, but when deported to the camps, children’s lives were usually doomed for immediate death. For instance, Jewish children deported from the Lodz
ghetto were instantly sent to be killed in the Chelmno trucks by gas from the engine exhaust.
From the moment they were deported to Chelmno, their lives were doomed because there was no escaping once the Nazis loaded the children onto the Chelmno trucks.…