Children during World War II

The word hell is the correct one to depict children's lives under occupation in World War II. Bombings, hunger, persecutions, family loss, concentration camps, medical experiments are only some of the terrible occurrences they had to breathe.

Some became soldiers or members of paramilitary organisations like the Deutsches Jungvolk (the german youngsters of the Hitler youth) that became compulsory for boys aged 10 to 14 in 1939. All around Europe children were used as soldiers or fought for their own and others lives.

Away from the war theater, existence wasn't also easy. Some countries like United Kingdom and Japan, suffered attacks, while tormented every day not only by fear but also by shortage of food and merchandise.

All around the world, even in countries not directly touched by the war, kids also helped to fight back by cooperating in the war effort. As far as the United States, Canada, Australia and many other countries, children recollected metal, rubber and other junk that could be transformed in war crafts and guns. They felt war through other difficulties as loosing family in military war help or adapting to newly working mothers.

The aftermath wasn't also brilliant. Overcoming orphanage, diseases, destruction, losses, suffering.. seemed impossible. It's incredible what human nature can bear.

Some of the photos are sad but there are others where we can see optimism and feel hope.


Children during air raid : Soviet children during a German air raid in the first days of the war.(near Minsk,Belorussia)
Children during air raid : Soviet children during a German air raid in the first days of the war.(near Minsk,Belorussia) | Source
Lost Russian children ("Wolfskinder") during WW II about 1942.
Lost Russian children ("Wolfskinder") during WW II about 1942. | Source
Picture from a 1930s-40s Soviet movie about a boy who wants to join the Army. Source - "The Eastern Front in Photographs", John Erickson
Picture from a 1930s-40s Soviet movie about a boy who wants to join the Army. Source - "The Eastern Front in Photographs", John Erickson | Source
Children soldiers In Okinawa
Children soldiers In Okinawa | Source
Worms, Jungvolk-Fanfarenkorps, 118er-Denkmal Hitler Youth
Worms, Jungvolk-Fanfarenkorps, 118er-Denkmal Hitler Youth | Source
This Chinese soldier, age 10, with heavy pack, is a member of an army division boarding a plane returning them to China, following the capture of Myitkyina airfield, Burma, under the allied command of US Major General Frank Merrill, May 1944.
This Chinese soldier, age 10, with heavy pack, is a member of an army division boarding a plane returning them to China, following the capture of Myitkyina airfield, Burma, under the allied command of US Major General Frank Merrill, May 1944. | Source
A Lebensborn birth house in Nazi Germany. Created with intention of raising the birth rate of "Aryan" children from extramarital relations of "racially pure and healthy" parents
A Lebensborn birth house in Nazi Germany. Created with intention of raising the birth rate of "Aryan" children from extramarital relations of "racially pure and healthy" parents | Source
Watched by two small boys, a member of the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) poses with his Bren gun at Châteaudun, 1944
Watched by two small boys, a member of the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) poses with his Bren gun at Châteaudun, 1944 | Source
Two boys in the Rosemont neighbourhood gather rubber for wartime salvage. Montreal, Canada. April 1942
Two boys in the Rosemont neighbourhood gather rubber for wartime salvage. Montreal, Canada. April 1942 | Source
Melbourne, Vic. School children and service personnel inspect the mid-section of a Japanese midget submarine on display in the exhibition gardens. This submarine took part in the unsuccessful attack on Sydney harbour on 31 May 1942.
Melbourne, Vic. School children and service personnel inspect the mid-section of a Japanese midget submarine on display in the exhibition gardens. This submarine took part in the unsuccessful attack on Sydney harbour on 31 May 1942. | Source
Rabaul area, New Britain. 1945-09-13. Chinese civilians, interned by the Japanese at a camp. Many of the smaller children were born in the camp and some of the older ones, up to three years, had never white Europeans before.
Rabaul area, New Britain. 1945-09-13. Chinese civilians, interned by the Japanese at a camp. Many of the smaller children were born in the camp and some of the older ones, up to three years, had never white Europeans before. | Source
Before noon on August 10, 1945, a mother and her son have received a boiled rice ball from an emergency relief party. One mile southeast of Ground Zero, Nagasaki
Before noon on August 10, 1945, a mother and her son have received a boiled rice ball from an emergency relief party. One mile southeast of Ground Zero, Nagasaki | Source
Civilians on the island of Rhodes queue to get their ration books from the British military authorities. During the German occupation the local inhabitants had suffered the effects of malnutrition due to insufficient food. After the liberation of the
Civilians on the island of Rhodes queue to get their ration books from the British military authorities. During the German occupation the local inhabitants had suffered the effects of malnutrition due to insufficient food. After the liberation of the | Source
"Wait for me daddy":British Columbia Regiment, DCO, marching in New Westminster, 1940
"Wait for me daddy":British Columbia Regiment, DCO, marching in New Westminster, 1940 | Source
Dutch refugee children arrive at Tilbury in Essex during 1945.
Dutch refugee children arrive at Tilbury in Essex during 1945. | Source
Mothers and children in a working class area of Swansea have tea and sandwiches from a mobile canteen after a night's bombing.
Mothers and children in a working class area of Swansea have tea and sandwiches from a mobile canteen after a night's bombing. | Source
A young woman plays a gramophone in an air raid shelter in north London during 1940.
A young woman plays a gramophone in an air raid shelter in north London during 1940. | Source
Children searching for books among the ruins of their school in Coventry after a night raid, 10 April 1941.
Children searching for books among the ruins of their school in Coventry after a night raid, 10 April 1941. | Source
The charge of the scrap brigade in Roanoke, Virginia, includes such methods of collecting as this pony cart.
The charge of the scrap brigade in Roanoke, Virginia, includes such methods of collecting as this pony cart. | Source
Czesława Kwoka, child victim of Auschwitz, as shown in her prisoner identification photo taken in 1942 or 1943. Photograph attributed to Wilhelm Brasse, taken in 1942 or 1943, exhibited at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
Czesława Kwoka, child victim of Auschwitz, as shown in her prisoner identification photo taken in 1942 or 1943. Photograph attributed to Wilhelm Brasse, taken in 1942 or 1943, exhibited at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. | Source
German soldiers and working children in Kavala, during the great famine in Greece, 1941
German soldiers and working children in Kavala, during the great famine in Greece, 1941 | Source
These Jewish children are on their way to Palestine after having been released from the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. The girl on the left is from Poland, the boy in the center from Latvia, and the girl on right from Hungary.
These Jewish children are on their way to Palestine after having been released from the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. The girl on the left is from Poland, the boy in the center from Latvia, and the girl on right from Hungary. | Source
 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - Photo from Jürgen Stroop Report to Heinrich Himmler from May 1943. The original German caption reads: "Forcibly pulled out of dug-outs". One of the most famous pictures of World War II.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - Photo from Jürgen Stroop Report to Heinrich Himmler from May 1943. The original German caption reads: "Forcibly pulled out of dug-outs". One of the most famous pictures of World War II. | Source
Still photograph from the Soviet Film of the liberation of Auschwitz, taken by the film unit of the First Ukrainian Front, shot over a period of several months beginning on January 27, 1945 by Alexander Voronzow and others in his group.
Still photograph from the Soviet Film of the liberation of Auschwitz, taken by the film unit of the First Ukrainian Front, shot over a period of several months beginning on January 27, 1945 by Alexander Voronzow and others in his group. | Source
Brasília soldiers arriving in Massarosa, Italy - Septembre 1944.
Brasília soldiers arriving in Massarosa, Italy - Septembre 1944. | Source

The movie below is about Nina Hasvoll Meyer a Norway woman that rescued Jewish orphans from Austria and Czechoslovakia becoming like a mother to them.

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