Through Their Eyes. Speaks of Jewish children who were victims of the Holocaust

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' The loss of parents in early life means loss of the very nucleus of one's own identity. Memory becomes clouded.' ( In the eyes of Children 2) Unfortunately, This statement defined the feeling that millions of suffering children felt as they were taken away from their homes and parents by the nazis. The main goal of the Holocaust was the extermination of every single Jew in Europe. Of course, this included children as well. The purpose was almost fulfilled. Out of about eight million Jews living in Europe after 1939, about six million of them were killed. As a term, Holocaust has normally been used to describe the fate of the Jews. Most of the Jewish killings were done by mobile death squads and in concentration camps such as Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belzec, and Majdanek. The nazi's most effective way of killing people was in specially made gas chambers, into which the victims were packed wall to wall.

After the bodies were gassed, they were moved to nearby furnaces to be burned. Children were no exception to these conditions and dealt with the horrible pains of being separated from their parents, the fears of hiding, and being thrown out of public schools. Jewish children who were victims of the Holocaust experienced more suffering than any other group of people during World War Two.

Ten months before World War Two, there was an organized movement within Europe to move children out of Nazi Germany. The children waived goodbye to their parents, were put on trains, and then sent to England by Ferries. There was nearly ten thousand children of the 'kindertransport.' (Child Survivors 1) Only a few of them spoke English, most had no family in England, and most never saw there parents again. 'I came over at the age of...