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For many, the events of the Holocaust are too painful to speak of. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsh persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews (1.5 million of these being children) and the destruction of 5,000 Jewish communities (History). These deaths represented two-thirds of European Jewry and one-third of world Jewry (History). While both Kofman and Kertesz presented to readers the effects of the Holocaust on the Jewish child, Kofam focused more one rare aspects of being a Jewish child, while Kertesz gave vivid details about the realities of the fate the Jewish child.
Every Jew, regardless of gender, was equally a victim in the Holocaust. Children were seldom the targets of Nazi violence simply because they were children but were usually persecuted along with their entire families for racial, religious, or political reasons. Chances of survival were somewhat higher for older children, since they could potentially be assigned to forced labor in concentration camps and ghettos. Some children could pass as non-Jews and …