The number of children killed by Hitler
and his Nazis is not fathomable and
full statistics for the tragic fate of the children will never be
known. Estimates range as high as 1.5 million murdered children.
You find a few of them here - but there are no happy endings. The children
were all murdered in Auschwitz.
Like little Georges Halpern, who was being sheltered with other children
in The Children's Home in Izieu in the hope that the Nazis would not find
them. The little boy
wrote to his mother:
Maman, I send you 10000000000 kisses. Your son who loves you very much.
There are big mountains and the village is very pretty. There are a lot of
farms and we look for blackberries and raspberries and white mulberries. I
hug you with all my heart. Georgy."
little Liliane Gerenstein who wrote a letter to God before she was sent to
How good You are, how kind and if one had to count the number of
goodnesses and kindnesses You have done, one would never finish.
God? It is You who command. It is You who are justice, it is You who
reward the good and punish the evil.
God? It is thanks to You that I had a
beautiful life before, that I was spoiled, that I had lovely things
that others do not have.
God? After that, I ask You one thing only: Make my parents come back,
my poor parents protect them (even more than You protect me) so that I can
see them again as soon as possible.
Make them come back again. Ah! I had such a good mother and such a good
father! I have such faith in You and I thank You in advance."
On the morning of April 6,
1944, as the children all settled down in the refectory to drink hot chocolate,
the Nazis raided the Home, throwing the crying and terrified children on
to the trucks like sacks of potatoes.
The children were all deported to Auschwitz and killed ..