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September 20, 2016

Precious dolls that were taken from Jewish girls who were destined for the gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:46 am

You can read the story of the dolls that were saved from the Holocaust in this news story: http://www.aol.com/article/2016/09/20/these-dolls-were-taken-from-two-girls-destined-for-auschwitz/21475559/

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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In February of 1944, two young Jewish girls were removed from their school near Dijon, France and deported [directly] to Auschwitz.

While taking sisters Denise and Micheline Lévy, authorities grabbed the dolls the children carried and tossed them to the ground.

A shop owner held onto the discarded toys, but the girls never returned from the concentration camp, reports The Telegraph.

The dolls had since been in the family of Frédérique Gilles, who recently decided they deserved a more fitting home.

On Sunday, they were donated to the Shoah Memorial in Paris.

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Were these girls sent directly from their homes to Auschwitz? Or were they first sent to a transit camp and then sent to Auschwitz?

The first transport to be sent to the east, from the Theresienstadt ghetto, consisted of 2,000 Jews who were sent to Riga on January 9, 1942 from the Bohusovice station. According to Holocaust historian Martin Gilbert, all 2,000 were taken to the nearby Rumbuli forest where they were shot.

The most horrible aspect of this is that the Jewish “self-government” in the Theresienstadt camp was initially in charge of selecting the people for the transports, although they did not know what their fate would be at that time. Unwittingly, they sent the young able-bodied Jews to their deaths, thinking that they were sending workers to labor camps in the east.