Displacement Of Jews During The Holocaust (bibliography included)

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The Holocaust, which took place during World War II, was the state sponsored killing of six million Jews by the Nazi regime. The Holocaust claimed the lives of about six million Jewish people - men and woman, boys and girls, young and old. As soon as Adolf Hitler took power in 1933, the German government passed laws to remove Jewish people's rights as citizens. To differentiate between Jews and non-Jews, the Nazis made the Jews wear Star of David bands on their coat sleeves. Hitler blamed the Jews for all the problems that Germany had at the time, such as unemployment, poverty, and starvation. Hitler hoped to bring an end to the Jewish population. During the Holocaust, Life as a jew was extremely difficult in that they went into hiding, they were forced to live in ghettos, and they were sent to concentration camps.

There were about two million Jewish children, ranging from infants to teens, living in Europe at the start of World War II. Of these, only about eleven percent survived the war. Many parents chose to hide their children in order to save them. Hiding a child was much less difficult than hiding an adult. Unlike adults, children were not required to carry any forms of identification so they could easily blend in with the groups of non-Jewish children who became orphans of war. Hiding places for Jewish children included convents, boarding schools, and orphanages. These places were often located far from the children's homes. Being sent to these hiding places was a terrifying experience for children. They were made to travel under mysterious conditions to unknown destinations. However, they were aware that they were in danger, and going away would save their lives. Those who were most visible had to give up their Jewish...