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Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,soc.history
Subject: Holocaust Almanac: Deportation of Jewish children
Summary: Accounts of the deportation of the Jews in Germany
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Organization: The Nizkor Project
Keywords: Jews,Germany,children,deportation

Archive/File: places/germany/deportations/deport.004
Last-Modified: 1994/10/10

   "`And so the day of deportation dawned. It was still dark when we
   were herded into trucks which took us out of Berlin to a freight
   train depot. We were unloaded and then started a semmingly endless
   roll call. Five hundred boys and five hundred girls were there from
   all the training camps in Germany: strong, healthy, good-looking
   youths. Truly a proud sacrifice to the Fuehrer! When the roll call
   was nearly over, another two trucks arrived. Out of them the SS
   pushed and kicked old men and women, mostly on sticks and crutches,
   the remnants of two homes for old people. At the last, there were
   20 young women with small children. The latter arrivals were not
   called or counted but loaded straight onto one of the wagons of a
   long, long cattle train. An SS man came over to us and said to my
   mother, who was still in the uniform in which she had been
   arrested, 'You better get in with the old people. They might need a

   "I tried to follow her but was pushed back into the group of young
   girls. However, just as my mother was getting into the wagon with
   the old people, the Gestapo man from the hospital turned up, took
   her by the arm and led her back to me. To the SS guard he said,
   'She will be more use to those fit to work.' Once more he turned to
   me and almost pleaded, 'Save your mother! Talk. Tell me where your
   child is and I'll take your mother back to the hospital in my own
   car.'  My mother only shook her head and he turned away and left

   "We were soon loaded into the cattle trucks. 50 boys and 50 girls in
   each wagon. We sat down on the straw-covered floor, the doors were
   closed, barred on the outside and locked. ..." (Brewster, 33)

                            Work Cited

   Brewster, Eva. Vanished in Darkness: An Auschwitz Memoir. Edmonton,
   Alberta: NeWest Publishers Limited, 1984.

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