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Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story

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[Somber music]

Remember the Children: Daniel's Story

This is the story of a boy named Daniel and how he survived the Holocaust.

It is based on the stories of children who experienced the Holocaust in Germany, the Lodz ghetto, and the concentration camp at Auschwitz.

[Joyful music]

Daniel: My name is Daniel. This is a story of when I was a boy in Germany. It is a story of millions of kids, and grown-ups, too. Most of all, it’s the story of my family: father, mother, my sister Erika, and me.

[Footsteps, kitchen sounds, laughter]

Daniel: We lived in a house with a yard and I had my own bedroom. Those were happy times, for me and my friends.

[Kettle whistling, footsteps, doorbell ringing, doors opening and closing, clock ticking]

Daniel: People in our town respected my father. He was a solider in the First World War and got a medal for bravery. One birthday he gave it to me and I was very proud. I also got a bike, a soccer ball, and a diary to write in.

Dear Diary, This is my family—my mother, my father, and Erika. We live in a town in Germany [hand-drawn picture of family]

[Shouting of propaganda in German]

Daniel: When I was 11, things began to change in our town. A group of people called Nazis took over Germany. They were trying to rule the world. They hated anyone who wasn’t just like them, and that meant us because we were Jewish.

Text on screen: Scary Changes. Many things were changing in Daniel's life. The Nazis were taking over. See what happened in Daniel's school. Find out what happened to his family's store. Look for the rock that was thrown through the window.

[Radio playing]

Radio announcer: Munich, Germany, September 29, 1938. Attention! Attention! We are broadcasting from the capital of the Nazi movement. In a speech today, Nazi leaders said and we quote, “Our party fights the Jewish element and insists on its removal inside and outside Germany. The Jews must be driven out.”

Signs: No Jews allowed! Only for Jews!

[Radio fades]

Daniel: Have you ever been punished for something you didn’t do? We were. They attacked our family’s store and wouldn’t let people shop there. Then Jewish kids couldn’t go to public school anymore.

[Sounds of fire]

Daniel: Our synagogue was burned down. My father cried. The Nazis made us wear yellow stars. ‘Jew’ was printed on them in big, black letters.

Text on screen:
ORDERS FOR THE YELLOW STAR
1. Cut the star the size of your hand
2. Color it YELLOW
3. Outline it in BLACk
4. Write JEW in black letters
5. Set is tightly to your clothes on the left side
JEWS ARE FORBIDDEN to appear in public without the Yellow Star!

Dear Diary, A new law says we must sew a Yellow Star on our clothers to show who we are. I don't want to wear it! Daniel.

[Sounds of train]

Daniel: The Nazis sent us far away from home to a ghetto, a crowded and dirty place.

Text on screen:
GHETTO RULES
Do not Stop Near The Fence
No Talking At Work
No One Allowed On The Streets After Dark
Salute German Officials. Take Off Your Cap and Bow Your Head.
No Jewelry Allowed. Give All Jewelry To The Police.

[Voices talking in different languages]

Daniel: We were trapped. There were rules about everything.

Dear Diary, We work all the time. Even Erika. We have no choice! We can't even go to school. We all work and earn nothing. Daniel.

[Baby crying]

Daniel: My family lived together in one small room.

[Woman singing, kitchen sounds, coughing, voices murmuring]

Dear Diary, A pot of water with one turnip is cooking on the stove. Turnips. It's all we get. They stink. Daniel.

Daniel: We thought it couldn’t get worse than the ghetto, but it did.

Dear Diary, My worst fear has come true. They are taking us away. Daniel.

[Train sounds]

August 15, 1944. Dear Diary, I see men, women, children, and babies being forced into trains. Now I know the end of the ride is a concentration camp. Daniel.

[Somber music]

Daniel: When we first got off the trains, the Nazi guards pushed us into lines. They took all our bags away. I had to give up my diary, my family photos, and my father's medal.

Mother and Erika were separated from my father and me at the camp. We never saw them again.

I miss them. We found out later they were murdered. Many other people died there too. Sometimes I thought I’d be killed, but I wasn’t.

[Somber music]

Visit my house in Germany. Go to the ghetto. Go to the concentration camp.

Read my diary and see how I survived. Remember my story.

Remember the Children: Daniel's Story. An exhibition presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story presents the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand.

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