Black Booted in the Night

Detail, #Blue Holocaust;  Orange County Creatives Gallery, In the Neighborhood, Juried Competition, Summer 2015 | Long Beach [AR]t Walk, Summer 2015
Detail, #Blue Holocaust;
Ink & Clay 41, Kellogg University Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona | Orange County Creatives Gallery, In the Neighborhood, Juried Competition, Summer 2015 | Long Beach [AR]t Walk, Summer 2015
They came black booted in the night, red banners flapping overhead. They stole into homes and into beds, killing, beating and raping. Only the moon and the swastika were witness, all others turned their faces away.

As they burned through the countryside, they split children from their mothers and fathers before callously killing them on the side of the street or hanging them in an empty field. Black booted, they marched into the ghetto, guns blazing as the world faced another way.

It is estimated that 1.5 million children were killed during the Holocaust. Over a million Jewish children were slain, alongside hundreds of thousands of Romani and other โ€˜undesirablesโ€™ such as the physically and mentally handicapped. Those children that were not killed outright were branded with the yellow star, or other symbols of their heritage or class, and forced into labor, tortured, or experimented upon. These murdered children were most often under the age of twelve. This occurred across German occupied Europe between 1939-1945.

Hands up. Donโ€™t shoot.

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