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.
The picture above is of a young boy in Germany trying to sell his Father’s iron cross in 1945.
Below are pictures of some the Children of WWII, some of these images may be distressing but I feel it is important to show them.
A child blinded by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. 1945.
A child’s gas mask during WWII
The internment of Japanese-Americans into camps during World War II was one of the most flagrant violations of civil liberties in American history. According to the census of 1940, 127,000 persons of Japanese ancestry lived in the United States, the majority on the West Coast.
A child looks at a soldier as he assembles for evacuation with his family.
First graders at a public school in San Francisco pledge allegiance to the flag before evacuations are ordered.
A mother and daughter assemble for relocation at a Los Angeles train station.
On 2 October 1940, Ludwig Fischer, Governor of the Warsaw District in the occupied General Government of Poland, signed the order to officially create a Jewish district (ghetto) in Warsaw. It was to become the largest ghetto in Nazi-occupied Europe. All Jewish people in Warsaw had to relocate to the area of the ghetto by 15 November 1940.
A young boy selling a handful of sweets from a chair in the street.
Two emaciated children, one of them asleep or unconscious, begging on the street of the ghetto.
Gas masks for babies tested at an English hospital, 1940
Mothers outfitting their children with “baby helmets”.
A Japanese boy standing at attention after having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, 1945