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.
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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