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The Children of the Holocaust

The Holocaust affected not only the Jewish people, but the entire world – men, women, children, people of all nationalities and backgrounds. But, this powerful piece from The Jewish Journal shows, Jewish children were impacted disproportionately by this, the darkest chapter in history:

Everyone knows about the 6 million…

“Perhaps what is lesser known is that 1.5 million children were killed — that there were roughly 150,000 children left,” she said. “About 90 percent of Jewish children were murdered.”

Those who remain share unique stories that reveal much not just about the state of Europe before World War II, but of those who made survival possible. Three such survivors — Peter Daniels, Marie Kaufman and Eva Katz Brettler — spoke about their experiences during the event sponsored by the CSUN Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Kaufman, 74, was born in 1941 and made it through the war hidden in a tiny village in the south of France. Among those who protected her were five teenagers from two families.

“It was their parents who told them, ‘Here is this little girl, and here are these people, and we have to take care of them,’ ” Kaufman told an audience of about 50 people. “Imagine being 13 and being told, ‘You are responsible, and you have to watch this child.’ ”

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