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The number of children killed by Hitler and his Nazis is not fathomable and full statistics for the tragic fate of the children will never be known. Estimates range as high as 1.5 million murdered children during the Holocaust. This figure includes more than 1.2 million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children and thousands of institutionalized handicapped children.

Plucked from their homes and stripped of their childhoods, the children had witnessed the murder of parents, siblings, and relatives. They faced starvation, illness and brutal labor, until they were consigned to the gas chambers.


This is the story of the children of Izieu - but there are no happy endings. In 1944 the Nazis from Lyon sent three vehicles to the tiny French village to exterminate the children of the orphanage known as La Maison d'Izieu. Here 44 Jewish children in age from 3 to 18 were hidden away from the Nazi terror that surrounded them.

On the morning of April 6, 1944, as the children all settled down in the refectory to drink hot chocolate, the Nazis led by the Butcher of Lyon Klaus Barbie, raided the Home, throwing the crying and terrified children on to the trucks like sacks of potatoes.


The Jewish Children Of Izieu

The little children were deported to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz and murdered immediately upon arrival. Of the forty-four children kidnapped by the Nazis in Izieu, not a single one survived. Of the supervisors there was one sole survivor, twenty-seven year old Lea Feldblum.

Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, who brought Klaus Barbie to justice in 1983, later wrote: "Forty-four children deported - no mere statistic, but rather forty-four tragedies which continue to cause us pain ..."

Sami Adelsheimer, 5 
Hans Ament, 10 
Nina Aronowicz, 12 
Max-Marcel Balsam, 12 
Jean-Paul Balsam, 10 
Esther Benassayag, 12 
Elie Benassayag, 10 
Jacob Benassayag, 8 
Jacques Benguigui, 12 
Richard Benguigui, 7 
Jean-Claude Benguigui, 5 
Barouk-Raoul Bentitou, 12 
Majer Bulka, - 
Albert Bulka, 4 
Lucienne Friedler, 5 
Egon Gamiel, 9 
Maurice Gerenstein, 13 
Liliane Gerenstein, 11 
Henri-Chaïm Goldberg, 13 
Joseph Goldberg, 12 
Mina Halaunbrenner, -
Claudine Halaunbrenner, 5

Georges Halpern, 8 
Arnold Hirsch, 17 
Isidore Kargeman, 10 
Renate Krochmal, 8 
Liane Krochmal, 6 
Max Leiner, 8 
Claude Levan-Reifman, 10
Fritz Loebmann, 15 
Alice-Jacqueline Luzgart, 10 
Paula Mermelstein, 10 
Marcel Mermelstein, 7 
Theodor Reis, 16 
Gilles Sadowski, 8 
Martha Spiegel, 10 
Senta Spiegel, 9 
Sigmund Springer, 8 
Sarah Szulklaper, - 
Max Tetelbaum, 12 
Herman Tetelbaum, 10 
Charles Weltner, 9 
Otto Wertheimer, - 
Emile Zuckerberg, 5


The Izieu Children

Eleven-year-old Liliane Gerenstein, born January 13, 1933 in Nice, France, wrote a heart-rending letter to God just days before the children of Izieu were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz:

"God? How good You are, how kind and if one had to count the number of goodnesses and kindnesses You have done, one would never finish.

God? It is You who command. It is You who are justice, it is You who reward the good and punish the evil.

God? It is thanks to You that I had a beautiful life before, that I was spoiled, that I had  lovely things that others do not have.

God? After that, I ask You one thing only: Make my parents come back, my poor parents protect them (even more than You protect me) so that I can see them again as soon as possible.

Make them come back again. Ah! I had such a good mother and such a good father! I have such faith in You and I thank You in advance."

- Louis Bülow  

 

 

 

 

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