My grandfather and his brother meeting randomly during WWII, neither knew if the other was alive.
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After the war, thousands of Jewish children ended up in orphanages all over Europe as a result of the Holocaust. The toddlers in this children's home in Etterbeek, Belgium, survived in hiding, but their parents had been deported to Auschwitz.
IDEA - ALM : Ruchla Zylberberg, a Jewish girl from Poland who was killed in the Holocaust.
"Ruchla Zylberberg lived in the village of Zawichost. Her father fled to the USSR. In 1941 at the age of 8, she was deported with her mother and sister Esther to Auschwitz, where those two were killed. Ruchla remained in the children's barracks in the camp. In December 1944 she was sent, together with 19 other Jewish children ages 5 - 12, to the Neuengamme camp near Hamburg, where they were subjected to medical experimentaton, then on April 20, 1945, were taken to a school building and…
Nazi photographer Hugo Jaeger took a portfolio of pictures in the newly-established ghetto of Kutno, Poland. We cannot be sure whether his motive was callousness, compassion, or mere curiosity. In a vivid and sad image, this is another, more pensive image of a beautiful young woman who was caught at a moment of time amidst the horror. Her name and fate are unknown. (October 1939)
Genie was a feral child who spent the first 13 years of her life locked inside her bedroom. She was a victim of one of the most severe cases of social isolation ever documented. Discovered by LA authorities in 1970, she was never able to grasp language or the concept of grammar, generating evidence for the 'critical period' theory (meaning a child need to be exposed to language in their early years to learn how to speak).