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Jewish Children of World War 2
Jewish children were hidden in the Netherlands from 1942-1945 to help save them from the Nazi deporation. After the war the Jewish families searched for their children and when they found them the children had many psychological problems. Many children could " turn on" their feelings and suffered from emotional deficiency.
One of the Doctors, Arthur Seyss- Inquart, an anti Semite wanted to persecute the Jews. In the Netherlands the Jews were beginning to get persecuted and Anti- Jew laws formed. In July 1942, Jews ages between 16-35 were being sent to train stations to go Germany force labors. Many young Jews were murdered there.
Jew's carried indentity cards had a large black J that couldn't be removed. Hiding children required alot of money. By the end of 1942, there was an underground network to hide the Jewish People's children. While in hiding the children were pleasant and obedient. Some of the children felt they were being punished by hiding and leaving their parents. After the war, the children became " impossible". They didn't want to go to school, or follow rules. They felt anger toward their parents that they hid them. Even the older children knew what was happening but felt abandoned by their parents.
The parents decision to hide their children was not an easy one. They didn't know if their children would feel comfortable, cared for or even fed. Most of the parents, were sent to concentration camps and did not return. The ones that went into hiding as well were traumatized by their experience. After the war the parents started looking for their children but they didn't know where to search. Many of their children were shifted to different addresses and deported. After about three months the parents found their children.
Physchological Problems of the Children:
When they are taken away they began to mistrust and have a defensive reaction towards their parents. Most children had to put their feelings away and not get attached to anyone, because they shifted homes alot. Even they parents had difficulties with "love". They couldn't feel love after what happened.
Often the children didn't know if they were Christians or Jews because during the war they got new names. Once they got home the children were demanding, difficult, and sometimes depressive. Sometimes the parents had idealized them during the war. In an interview with the parents of the children in hiding only one- third admitted that their relationship didn't return to what is was before. The parents felt horrible and became depressed that their children were unhappy.