Introduction


In the death camps of World War II, over six million European Jews perished at the hands of Nazi Germany. Children were especially vulnerable in the era of the Holocaust.  The Nazis advocated killing children of “unwanted” or “dangerous” groups.  

The Germans and their collaborators killed as many as 1.5 million children, including over a million Jewish children and tens of thousands of Romani children, German children with physical and mental disabilities living in institutions, Polish children, and children residing in the occupied Soviet Union.

Have you ever met someone who was part of a Holocaust?  The word Holocaust means "sacrifice by fire" in its Greek origins.  In the novel The Devil's Arithmetic, the main character, Hannah, is taken to the time of the German Holocaust that greatly affected the lives of many children across Europe.