“A child is born with no state of mind,blind to the ways of mankind”
During WWII,as in any other war, all the children were victims,without exception.Of course the degree and severity on how they were victims had a significant difference. Some lost their lives,while others lost their innocence. Many of those who lost their innocence had to live with the emotional scars for the rest of their lives, for they had been forced to do things no child should ever have to do.
The only ‘crime they committed was being born at the wrong time,in the wrong place and sometimes to the wrong parents.
Following are pictures of some the Children of WWII, some of these images may be distressing but I feel it is important to show them.Th picture above is of a German child playing with abandoned weapons, Berlin, Germany, 1945.
Boy Refugee, Luxembourg, 1944.
Helga Goebbels, died at 12, she was poisoned by her parents along with her five siblings in Hitler’s bunker on May 1, 1945 as the Soviet Army approached and the end of the Third Reich was at hand. Her parents, Joseph and Magda then killed themselves
Portrait of a girl with a bandage nurse during the Warsaw uprising. Warsaw, Poland, 1944
Yosef Brcencry’s youngest daughter, who perished in Auschwitz in 1944
Eva Heyman, aged 13, in Hungary a few months before she was murdered in a gas chamber, 1944
This photograph was taken at Auschwitz-Birkenau by Alexander Vorontsov, a Soviet photographer who accompanied the soldiers of the Red Army when they liberated the camp on 27 January 1945. The photograph depicts thirteen children, one of whom (fifth from the right) is hidden from view, and only his cap is visible.
Two Children of the Mochida Family, with Their Parents, Awaiting Evacuation Bus
A Jewish boy who survived a gunfire mass execution.
Irish doctor Robert Collis carrying child Holocaust survivor Zoltan Zinn-Collis, Bergen-Belsen 1945. After the war, Dr. Collis adopted 5 orphans from Belsen, including Zoltan and his sister.
Dani Deutsch. Dani was deported to Auschwitz Death camp then sadly murdered on March 1943 at age 2
A Russian boy makes a swing from a broken German gun.
Children in Liverpool playing while wearing gas masks and protective clothing. This picture was taken during the time known as the Blitz