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Did the Children Cry: Hitler's War Against Jewish and Polish Children, 1939-45
Based on eye-witness accounts, interviews, and prodigious research by the author, who is an expert in the field, this is a unique contribution to the literature of World War II, and a most compelling account of German inhumanity towards children in occupied Poland.
Paperback, 263 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Hippocrene Books
(first published May 1994)
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This is a short and fast read, albeit one that is not for the fainthearted. It is the story of the systematic destruction of the bulk of a generation of Polish Gentile and Polish Jewish children by the Nazis. It is difficult reading insofar as the descriptions of the creative ways that the Nazis discovered to torment and murder innocent children defies comprehension. Ideology or not, it remains difficult for me to understand how one can kill an innocent child. Killing them in such numbers is tru ...more
Despite the lugubrious title, this is a well-done, terse and brutal account of a horrific subset of both the Holocaust and the general occupation of Poland during World War II. Lukas wants to ensure that the murder of Polish children is included as well as the systematic destruction of their Jewish counterparts, although he is careful to delineate the difference in intent that lay behind each action. If the book has a fault, it is its relative brevity, and perhaps Lukas' skirting of the troubled ...more