Tuesday, January 29, 2019

“The Forgotten Victims”: 33 Heartbreaking Photos Of The Children Of World War II

A little girl holds her doll in the rubble of her bomb-damaged home. England. 1940.

Children in a concentration camp during WW2

A Jewish boy raises his hands at gunpoint during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of civilians against the Nazis. Poland. April-May 1943.

London children wear their gas masks as they skip in the park at their temporary homes on the south coast of England. 1940

A young child named Freddie Somer cries upon arriving at King's Cross Station in London for wartime relocation. 1939.

Children play on the bomb sites and wrecked tanks in Berlin in the aftermath of the fighting there. 1945.

A group of child survivors stand behind a barbed wire fence at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in southern Poland on the day of the camp’s liberation by the Red Army. January 27, 1945.

Children perch on a tree near the Brandenburg Gate to watch a U.S. cargo plane arrive during the Berlin Airlift. June 24, 1948.

A horde of children wearing gas masks carry out a practice evacuation of a school in Kingston, Greater London, after a canister of tear gas was discharged. 1941.

An elderly woman and several children walk to the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Poland. 1944.

Three young evacuees sit on their suitcases ready for their journey away from the danger of the city. England. 1940.

Children in London, who have been made homeless by the Nazi night bombing, wait outside the wreckage of what was their home. September 1940.

A mother and child wear gas masks during a tear gas exercise in Kingston-On-Thames, England. 1941.

Jewish children, survivors of Auschwitz, stand with a nurse behind a barbed wire fence. Poland. February 1945.

Evacuee children sent away from London greet their parents during a special one-day reunion. December 4, 1939.

A homeless boy points out his bedroom to his friends after his home had been wrecked during a random bombing raid in an eastern suburb of London. 1940.

Mothers and their children step out of the train at Auschwitz concentration camp. Poland. Date unspecified.

Two little girls read a board advertising carrots instead of ice pops. Wartime shortages of chocolate and ice cream made such substitutions a necessity. Location unspecified. 1941.

A group of London children inspect bomb damage outside their front door. 1944.

A boy retrieves an item from a rubble-strewn street after German bombing raids in the first month of the Blitz in England. September 1940.

Children play in a bomb-damaged area of London. March 1946.

 London schoolchildren try on their gas masks. 1941.

A young refugee hangs onto his dog's leash whilst awaiting wartime evacuation. Location unspecified. 1940.

American Supply Sergeant Ralph Gordon kneels in a street to give a piece of gum to a barefoot German girl during the Allied occupation after the war. Scheinfeld, Germany. October 1945.

Some of the first children to be evacuated from London under a new law, which compels parents to send away any child suffering in any way from shelter life,Children participate in a gas mask drill at a residential school near Windsor. Date unspecified.

Child survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp stand near the fence just before being liberated by the Red Army. Poland. January 27, 1945.

A porter pushes the luggage of evacuees bound for Wales on a trolley at a London railway station, with a young boy perched on top of the suitcases. 1940.

An abandoned boy holds a stuffed toy animal amid ruins following a German aerial bombing of London. 1940.

Young boys swing from a lamp post in the midst of rubble left by a bombing raid on London during the Blitz. 1940.

A young "Sergeant Major" inspects some British schoolboys who have been evacuated to Kent at the start of the war. The "soldiers" are carrying carry wooden guns. 1939

Although "Ramshaw" the eagle is hooded, this little evacuee decided to take no chances, and made use of her gas mask to take a closer look at the eagle. England. 1941.

Father Christmas hands out toys and games, including a set of building bricks, to children at a home for evacuees in Henley-on-Thames, England. 1941.

A woman fits a child with a gas mask at school. England. 1940.

A little girl waits nervously with her doll and luggage before leaving London for her billet. 1940.

Young London residents celebrate VE-Day, 1945

A little French girl finds three admirers from the ranks of American forces who have made a speedy and successful advance through Normandy, France on June 22, 1944. 

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