Cruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web

TitleCruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsNicholas, Lynn H.
Number of Pages632
PublisherA.A. Knopf
CityNew York

To be a child in mid-twentieth-century Europe was to be not a person but an object, available for use in the service of the totalitarian state. Very soon after Adolf Hitler came to power, policies of eugenic selection and euthanasia began to weed ill or disabled children out of the New Order by poison, gas, and starvation. "Defect-free good blood" children were subjected to an education based on racism, propaganda, and the glorification of the Fuhrer, and were deliberately deprived of free time that would allow independent thought or action. Once the war began, Nordic-looking children were kidnapped from families in the conquered lands and subjected to Germanization. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of "bad blood" children--Jews, Gypsies, Poles, Ukrainians, Russians--were separated from their families and condemned to forced migration, slave labor, sadistic experiments, starvation, and mass execution. In this volume, the author describes the crimes against children that inevitably result when ideology overwhelms humanity. 

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