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The Holocaust is a history of enduring horror and sorrow. The charred skeletons, the diabolic experiments, the death camps, the mass graves, the smoke from the chimneys ..

It seems as though there is no spark of human concern, no act of humanity, to lighten that dark history. Yet there were acts of courage and kindness during the Holocaust - stories to bear witness to goodness, love and compassion. To serve as eulogy to the millions with a yellow star who lived and died during the dark years of the Holocaust:

In Poland on the outskirts of Lvov eleven-year-old David Tennenbaum and his mother Fanny miraculously survived the Nazi genocide.

In Denmark a courageous German diplomat, Georg F. Duckwitz, risked everything to assist the Danish Jews in escaping to Sweden.

In Poland the Chiger family managed to escape the liquidation of the ghetto by hiding in stench in the sewers for 14 months amid rats and filth.

In Buchenwald a four-year-old boy, Joseph Schleifstein, survived the horrors of the KZ camp, hidden from the Nazis until liberation.

During the Nazi occupation of Lithuania a German Sergeant, Anton Schmid, disobeyed his superior officers and saved 250 Jewish men, women, and children.

In Poland a teenager Julian Bilecki and his family hid 23 Jews in an underground bunker, saving them from tne Nazi death squads.

In Auschwitz the missionary Jane Haining refused to reject her children and showed herself to be a saint. She was murdered in the gas chambers.

Oscar Schindler came to Auschwitz to save 300 Schindler-women from certain death. He did it - the only shipment out of the Nazi death camp during WW2 .. 


In 1933 approximately nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be occupied by Germany during the war. By 1945 two out of every three European Jews had been killed by the Nazis. The Holocaust was the systematic annihilation of six million Jews.

1.5 million children were murdered. This figure includes more than 1.2 million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children and thousands of handicapped children.


- Louis Bülow

 


 

 

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