The children of the holocaust.

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The Holocaust took place between 1939-1945. The Holocaust is truly an event that is never to be forgotten. Jewish Men, women, and children were killed for no reason at all. Some estimates range as high as 1.5 million murdered children. This includes more than 1.2 million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children and thousands handicapped children who were murdered under Nazi rule in Germany.

Although children were seldom the targets of Nazi violence because they were children, they were persecuted along with their families for racial, religious, or political reasons. Chances of survival were somewhat higher for older children, since they could potentially be assigned to forced labor in concentration camps and ghettos. The Jews were the main targets of the Nazis. The children could not be in same clubs and social organizations as Aryan children, they were banned from using public playgrounds. If the children had mixed parents the children would have their reproductive organs taken away from them.

The Jewish children were overdosed with poison and killed in October 1939. Parents who attempted to remove their children from the killing wards were rarely able to succeed. With fathers already absent as soldiers, mothers who disagreed were often assigned to contractual labor. Homeless and orphaned children frequently watched as their parents and siblings got killed by the Nazi. They faced starvation, illness, brutal labor, and other harsh things until they were finally put in gas chambers to die.

The German children had a less harsh life. They were made to join Hitler's Youth Movement, which were the way the Nazis way of brain washing the children with their beliefs. These children were expected to become future Nazi soldiers. The Germans invaded the countries in Europe trying to make the Aryan race superior to all other...