The title is actually from a Hip Hop song but it is so true. A child is a blank canvas and is open to all experiences. He or she will listen to adults and will trust them blindly because they are innocent and don’t know better then to trust.
When their parents are taken away or killed they will turn quickly to other adults put in charge. During the Holocaust these other ‘adults’ were often indoctrinated by evil and would see the children,mainly Jewish but also others, as parasitic vermin who needed to be destroyed.
And the children would often just follow their ‘guardians’ just to be killed by them, for a child is born with no state of mind.
He or she knows no hate but yet experiences it. He or she trusts unconditionally but that trust is betrayed.
Children were killed when they arrived in killing centers; others were killed immediately after birth or in institutions.The older children were sometimes worked to death or they died of starvation.
Every death during the Holocaust is terrible but the death of children is particularly sickening. Innocent and defenseless were they led to the slaughter.
And for those who survived they had to live with the horrors they had witnessed for the rest of their lives, and even with that so many were able to live without being bitter, where many of my generation complain about trivial things.
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