By Patricia Heberer
Foreword by Nechama Tec
Series Editor: Jürgen Matthäus
Published by AltaMira Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Children during the Holocaust tells the story of the Holocaust through the eyes and fates of its youngest victims.
The ten chapters follow the arc of the persecutory policies of the Nazis and their sympathizers and the impact these measures had on Jewish children and adolescents—from the years leading to the war, to the roundups, deportations, and emigrations; from hidden life and death in the ghettos and concentration camps, to liberation and coping in the wake of war. This volume examines the reactions of children to discrimination, the loss of livelihood in Jewish homes, and the public humiliation at the hands of fellow citizens, and explores the ways in which their experiences paralleled and diverged from their adult counterparts. Additional chapters reflect upon the role of non-Jewish children as victims, perpetrators, and bystanders during World War II.
Drawing from personal letters, diaries, court testimonies, government documents, military reports, speeches, newspapers, photographs, and artwork, Children during the Holocaust highlights the diversity of children’s experiences during the nightmare years of the Holocaust.
Patricia Heberer, PhD, is a historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a specialist on medical crimes and eugenics policies in Nazi Germany.
“This book deeply and thoroughly addresses the major issues concerning children during the Holocaust...Through this sophisticated analysis, we come to understand the importance of age to children’s experiences and their fates.” —Judith Gerson, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University
“Children during the Holocaust is a most impressive volume. [It] would be useful both at the graduate and at the undergraduate level, and even as a resource for high school students.”
—Sara Horowitz, AssociatePprofessor, Department of English, and Director, The Centre for Jewish Studies, York University
“This excellent volume brings together a wealth of original documentation regarding one of the least understood categories of people who experienced the Holocaust: children. Drawn from numerous countries and multiple languages, most of these documents have either never been published before or appear here in English for the first time. The author has masterfully integrated the documents into an incisive and highly readable analytical narrative."
—Alan E. Steinweis, professor, Department of History; director, Center for Holocaust Studies, University of Vermont