Uprooted

Since March, we have been working with secondary schools to run educational workshops to introduce schoolchildren to the history of children who were " stolen" by the Nazis during World War II and taken to Germany for Germanisation. So far, over 300 students have taken part in the workshops.

We planned that in the first stage of the project we would focus on presenting the story that took place almost 80 years ago. Only during subsequent meetings will we talk to young people about how they see these events and how they interpret, among other things, the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948, Article II, letter e of which states that "forcibly transferring children of a group to another group" is genocide.

The Krzyżowa Foundation is launching a new educational project 'Uprooted - (Hi)Stories of Stolen Children during World War II', dedicated to the story of children who were taken away from their families by the occupying German authorities during World War II and sent to Germany to be Germanised and brought up as citizens of the Third Reich.

After 1945, despite efforts made by the authorities of the occupied countries during the war, the Allied authorities and the Red Cross, most of these children never returned to their families. Their birth certificates were falsified and documents proving their true origins destroyed. Only a few, as adults, many years after the war, learned the truth about their origins.

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