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Portrait of a Child - Otto Unger Parents & Children
During the Holocaust the social frameworks of the Jews were undermined. This was manifested in their everyday lives - work, where they lived, fleeing from place to place, hiding and death. The framework that was damaged more than any other was that of the family: parents were frequently unable to protect their children and pass on to them the values that they believed in. This fundamental subversion caused a social upheaval, since parents play a decisive role in shaping the identity and fate of their children.
In the Theresienstadt ghetto, because women lived separately from the men, many of the children lived without their parents, in dormitories (the "heim"). The contact between them and their parents took place mainly during the children's daily visits to the adult barracks. In this activity, we learn about children and their parents in the ghetto - how much were the parents able to protect their children and to what extent were the roles reversed between parents and children in the ghetto.
Yad Vashem "Today I'm very sad. I feel like running away after work. I don't lack anything except a soft warm hand to console me and cheer me up. I am here among strange people. I thought that I would already be able to live alone. I miss Mom." Yad Vashem
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