The Shoah, also known as the Holocaust, is the name given to the attempt by Nazi Germany to exterminate not only the Jews of Europe, their primary target, but also the mentally and physically handicapped, the Roma (whose term for the Shoah is the Porrajmos), homosexuals, and other groups they believed were dangerous or inferior to the white "Aryan" people, as they called themselves.
A byproduct of this attempt was the splitting up of families and the creation of many orphan children. Some children found safety outside the territory occupied by the Nazis by means of the Kinderstransport or were sent privately to family and friends, or happened by good fortune to be out of danger at boarding school, etc. Other orphans were created when parents managed to send their children to hide with sympathetic families or in convents and monasteries inside Nazi-occupied countries before they themselves were sent to concentration camps and murdered. Other orphans were inmates of the death camps whose parents were murdered but who themselves somehow survived until liberation.
These orphan survivors were inevitably permanently scarred mentally by their experiences, but in spite of this some have gone on to live not only relatively normal, but even highly successful lives. Like the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children, Child Migrants, child Slaves, the Native American and Alaskan Native Children, Janissaries, the Kinder der Landstraße and other groups of children and individuals effectively orphaned by war, the short-sightenedness, stupidity or evil of their fellows, the child orphans of the Shoah are monuments to human resilience, ingenuity and strength. From the many possible examples a few have been included in this directory:
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