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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
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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