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June 3, 2015

Children of War: 17 Vintage Photos of Little Girls Posing With Their Dolls During World War II

Children were massively affected by World War Two. Nearly two million children were evacuated from their homes at the start of World War Two; children had to endure rationing, gas mask lessons, living with strangers etc...

Here, we collected 17 impressive vintage photos of little girls posing with their dolls during the War.

Portrait of a young Jewish girl holding a porcelain doll, 1939.

Portrait of Susie Loewy. The Schwanger Kommando was a group of seven pregnant, Hungarian Jewish women imprisoned in one of the sub-camps of Dachau in December 1944. This group was allowed to bear their children, possibly as a bargaining chip for their SS overseers to use when the Allies conquered Germany. Despite appalling sanitary conditions and the lack of food and heat, all seven mothers gave birth to healthy babies between February and March 1945. All were liberated in Dachau in May 1945.

Amsterdam, 1941. Suzanne Carola Hochherr died in Auschwitz a year later.

Two Jewish sisters, Eva and Leana Münzer, pose with dolls. Their parents left them in the care of a Catholic family. Sometime after the Munzers were deported, a dispute arose between the husband and wife of the family hiding the two Münzer girls that resulted in the husband denouncing his wife and the Jewish children to the SS. The three were immediately arrested and sent to Westerbork. On February 8, 1944 the girls were deported to Auschwitz, where they were killed three days later.

Marion Bassfrend poses with her doll in England in 1938. Her parents were killed by the Germans in November 1941 in the Ninth Fort in Kaunas.

Amsterdam, 1941. Trudy Shёnfild was saved by a neighbor, Aunt Mimi.

A little English girl comforts her doll in the rubble of her bomb damaged home in 1940.

Close-up of a little girl sleeping with a doll in a chair. She is one of the newly arrived refugee children of the second Kindertransport. 3 June 1945.

Jewish children on the Kindertransport. The Kindertransport missions before the start of the Second World War brought hundreds of Jewish children from Nazi occupied Europe to the United Kingdom. There were eight trips of mercy in total and they started arriving in November 1937.

Poland, 1938. During the war Tsivya Perelmuter lived in the ghetto in Lodz.

Ita Keller was adopted by a Pole, Tadeusz Kobilko, who was subsequently awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations. Lvov, Poland, 1943.

A young Jewish DP girl poses with a doll and toy stroller in the Feldafing displaced persons camp.

Myriam Manasse, a young German-Jewish girl plays with her dolls about a year before her deportation and death.

Almelo, 1942. Rachel Katz says goodbye to her dolls, before leaving the shelter to the family members of the Dutch resistance.

Poland, 1935. Lida Kleiman save several Catholic nuns.

Blanche Karakovsky in Paris, 1938. Her father died in Auschwitz. She and her mother hiding in farms around Paris until the end of the war.

Lodz, Poland, A Purim celebration at the orphanage of the Coordination Committee, 28/12/1948. All the children in that orphanage were hidden by Christian families during the war. Appearing in the photograph: Basia David who was hidden by the Polubinska family, and Inka Kagan who was hidden by the Rostropowicz family.


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