Children of Buchenwald

Kenneth Waltzer is writing a book about the rescue of the children of the Buchenwald concentration book and he shares a summary on History News Network. The 904 boys who were liberated from Buchenwald in 1945 were kept alive by veteran prisoners who had a good relationship with the Germans in the camp.

Among these boys were two who went on to became famous – Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of Israel and head of Yad Vashem, and Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner. Rabbi Lau chronicled his experiences in the memoir Do Not Raise a Hand Against the Boy (2000). Elie Wiesel tells his story in Night (Hill and Wang 1958; 2006).

What an amazing story of bravery! Prisoners who were fighting for their own survival put themselves at risk to save these boys and although they couldn’t save them all, 904 men owe their lives to their sacrifices.

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