Steven Spielberg film Schindler's
List focused attention on people like Oscar Schindler, who - at great
risk to themselves and their families - helped Jews escape the Nazi
These non-Jews are called Righteous Among The Nations Of The World.
They are the spiritual heirs to the thirty-six Gentiles mentioned in
Jewish legend whose purpose in every generation, unknown to themselves or
to others, is to assist their fellow man in his hour of greatest despair.
"In those times there was darkness everywhere. In heaven and on earth, all the gates of compassion seemed to have been closed. The killer killed and the Jews died and the outside world adopted an attitude either of complicity or of indifference. Only a few had the courage to care."
Holocaust was the systematic annihilation of six million Jews during the
Nazi genocide - in 1933
nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be
occupied by Nazi Germany during World War 2. By 1945 two out of every three
European Jews had been killed.
number of children killed during the Holocaust is not fathomable and full
statistics for the tragic fate of children who died will never be known. Estimates
range as high as 1.5 million murdered children. This figure includes more
than 1.2 million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children and
thousands of institutionalized handicapped children who were murdered
under Nazi rule in Germany and occupied Europe.
before in history had children been singled out for destruction for no
other reason than having been born. Children, of course, were no match for
the Nazis' mighty and sophisticated killing machine .."