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The Holocaust Resource Center

Loss of Relatives

The hardships and appalling conditions experienced in the ghettos in Poland and throughout Europe resulted in the death of many Jews even before the mass murder began. At this early stage, many Jews had to cope with the loss of close family members or separation from those who had fled or been deported by the Nazis to an unknown fate. When the mass murder began, Jews were often forced to witness the deportation of their family members to their deaths or even to witness their murder. The survivors' painful sense of loss, sometimes linked with feelings of guilt for being unable to help their loved ones, or even just for surviving, remained for many years to come.

Total Sources (by media type):

Artifact Collection 5
Diaries and Letters 15
Documents 1
Photographs 13
Testimonies 11
   
Total Sources 45