Lost Childhoods

Entry 2: "Lost Childhoods"

Students looked at a poster from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum entitled "Lost Childhoods" containing images of children who were killed during the Holocaust. The images contained studio portraits, family snapshots, and school class pictures of children and families from the 1920s and 1930s in Eastern Europe.

Questions included:

A) Why do adults save pictures of children?
B)  How are these children different from you? How are they similar?
C) Why did the Nazis kill children?
D) What is the value of these photos to people who survived or who knew these children?
E) Some people say the Holocaust never happened. Given that belief, what is the value of these photos?

1.  I think that adults save pictures of children because it is a way of
persevering the past and it is also a way to look back and say look she was 5
years old in this picture and now she is in collage or whatever.

2.  The Nazis killed children because they did not want any one to grow up
see what Hitler had done to their parents, grand parents, aunt and uncles or
ever brothers and sisters and try to get revenge. If you ask me I think that
Hitler was a "scare-d-cat."

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April 30, 2001

Families save pictures of their children because children are innocent, important, loving, happy, etc, etc.  These children did not deserve to die, and if they did, their families would look back at those pictures as a remembrance on who these children were.

The reason why so many people were victimized and persecuted saved their pictures because if they were still alive after the Holocaust, they would have at least some memory of a person or people before the Holocaust.

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Adults save pictures of children to remind them of old days when they get old or because they love them.  The pictures might remind the children when they are adults.  Photos of children right before the Holocaust shows to people now how short of a childhood a lot of children had.

The Nazis killed children because they did not want the children to grow up and get revenge on the Nazis for the hard times they had.  They also killed children because they could not work as well as adults.

Mike S.

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April 30, 2001 (Hitler commits suicide today)

Lost Childhoods

Why did adults save pictures of children?

Adults took pictures of their children to capture the moment of that time and place. The reason why they saved the pictures was to remind them of what life used to be. They used to live a normal life and do normal things. But during the holocaust that all was taken away and what was left of that life was only pictures and memories of how they used to live.

Why did the Nazis kill children?

The Nazis killed children because, they thought that Jewish children would come and seek revenge when they are older. So in order to keep that from happening, the Nazis killed them. They also killed children because they may have been injured and cannot do the work they are supposed to do. In some other cases, the Nazis killed them if the children stole something like a chicken or something of value to the Jews.

Aniscia M.

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When adults save pictures of children it is most likely because they are fond of the children or child within the picture.  These children were Jewish and were victims of prejudiced because of the family they had.  I'm lucky that I am not a victim of cruel prejudiced but he children in the picture could have been close to my age.  If I were in their position I would be very scared of what would happen to me and my friends and family.  I believe that these children probably felt the same way.  Moneywise, probably not much, but they are probably priceless though the people who feel their pain or were
close to the children.  I believe that the Holocaust is a very important part of history and is very true but to one who doesn't believe in the Holocaust it wouldn't mean much it would be like looking at a fake picture of Big Foot to those people.

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