The shoe of a child

There are so many horrific images of the Holocaust, Films and pictures of corpses on carts. Photographs of women and children being executed. There is a disturbing photograph of a Jewish lady with ripped clothes being chased by young children. All of these images are very powerful but I have decided to limit those imagesContinue reading “The shoe of a child”

The rape and the murder of 7 year old Patricia Wylie- A WWII crime story.

The Republic of Ireland remained neutral throughout WWII. However Northern Ireland,which was and still is, part of the UK did not stay neutral. On  January 26 1942 the first US troops arrived in Belfast. It must have given the people of Northern Ireland mixed feelings, On one hand they must have had the realization thatContinue reading “The rape and the murder of 7 year old Patricia Wylie- A WWII crime story.”

I am one in a million

I am one in a million, my Father says. I am unique in every way, my Mother says. I am their bundle of joy my parents say. I am a threat to the nation, the Nazis say. I am costing the country a lot of money, the government says. I should not have been born, Continue reading “I am one in a million”

The 7 year old enemy of the state

A 7 year old enemy of the state is what I am. Not like a spy or soldier A 7 year old enemy of the state is what I am. Not like a politician or a criminal A 7 year old enemy of the state is what I am. Not like someone evil or badContinue reading “The 7 year old enemy of the state”

The other side of Anne Frank

We all know the story of Anne Frank, well at least we think we do. But Anne Frank wasn’t only a girl who wrote a diary, she was also still a child and I think this is often forgotten. It’s probably because of her mature attitude but at the end of the day she wasContinue reading “The other side of Anne Frank”

A tear rolls down my face

A tear rolls down my face because you made me cry, not because you hurt me. A tear rolls down my face because you made me sad, not because you did me wrong A tear rolls down my face and I wonder why, because I don’t know you. A tear rolls down my face althoughContinue reading “A tear rolls down my face”

Only Tanya is left- The horrors of the Siege of Leningrad.

It is not clear if Tanya Savicheva was born on January 23 1930 or January 25 1930,there seems to be a discrepancy in some of the records. The one thing that is clear is she died age 14. She was the youngest child in the family of a baker father, Nikolay Rodionovich Savichev, and a seamstress mother,Continue reading “Only Tanya is left- The horrors of the Siege of Leningrad.”

Thomas Pfeffer-not allowed to live beyond his 7th year

Someone asked me recently when I will stop telling Holocaust stories? I replied “there were 11 million victims, once all of their stories are told I’ll stop” I won’t be able to tell all 11 million personal accounts but this is one of them. Thomas Pfeffer,Born: November 22, 1936, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Thomas’ father, Heinz, was aContinue reading “Thomas Pfeffer-not allowed to live beyond his 7th year”