To many people, teddy bears and toys are precious mementos or symbols of childhood. Some of these photographs capture snapshots of life before the devastation of war and destruction of communities during the Holocaust. Browse these images to learn about the experiences of children and their families during and after the Holocaust.
Other images capture the use of toys for indoctrinating youth and spreading Nazi ideology.
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