They were written by jewish children who were caught

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Unformatted text preview: ome from another place and time. They were written by Jewish children who were caught up in the maelstrom of the Holocaust over 50 years ago. These diary entries testify to the brutal consequences of hatred, antisemitism, racism, and power used to discriminate against and eliminate every child, woman, and man identified as Jewish, as well as other people determined by the Nazis to be unworthy of life. What are readers to do with these painful records of inhumanity? On September 1, 1939, the Nazis invaded Western Poland and much of this territory was annexed to the Third Reich. Two days later, in response to the invasion of Poland, Britain and France entered the war and World War II was officially declared. By 1940, the Nazis occupied the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. In June 1941, the Nazis invaded Eastern Poland and continued their assault into the U.S.S.R. The Creation of Ghettos By 1940, the Nazis began deporting German Jews to Poland and forced them to live in ghettos. Following further occupations in Western Europe and with the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, the rate of depo...
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