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Children Against Hitler

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  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    Bet there are some amazing stories in here.
    "A spot-check almost caught out Adolfo Kaminsky. The teenager was clutching an attache case on the Metro in Nazi-occupied Paris when a patrol of the Milice, the vicious French militia who col laborated with the Germans, came sweeping through the train, checking papers, rummaging through bags and making arrests.
    They were on the hunt for a man suspected of churning out counterfeit ID cards and documents for the Resistance groups operating in the French capital.
    ‘What’s in your bag?’ one of the uniformed thugs brusquely demanded. ‘Just my sandwiches,’ Adolfo replied, all innocently, and opened his case to reveal half a baguette at the top. Then he gave a goofy smile, playing the silly fool as any adolescent might do. The militiaman shrugged. This idiot boy couldn’t be the master forger they were hunting.
    ‘You can go,’ he told Adolfo, who slipped off the train at the next stop, his heart thumping, sweat pouring from his brow. He had got away with it — by the skin of his teeth. Playing on his age had once again saved him from arrest, violent interrogation and execution. Because hidden underneath the sandwiches were blank identification cards, rubber stamps, paper, pens and all the other paraphernalia of the seasoned counterfeiter that, at just 17, he already was.
    The ID he’d shown was also false, his own handiwork, with a different name and disguising the fact that he was Jewish.
    Adolfo Kaminsky was one of a dozen or so young heroes from all over Europe whose daring and dangerous anti-Nazi exploits are recalled in a new book, Children Against Hitler.
    Horrified by the brutality and injustice they saw around them, they took up arms with adult Resistance groups, using their very youth as a weapon in the battle against the occupiers.
    They grew up fast, throwing away their toys and hobbies for a deadlier game. They did so knowing full well the risks, but believing that, as children, they had a vital advantage over adults in the perilous world of anti-Nazi Resistance. ‘They were more likely to feel invulnerable,’ writes author Monica Porter, ‘and to be fearless, to believe they could get away with things no matter how risky their exploits.
    ‘They exuded a natural air of self-confidence — often the best defence against detection. They could put on an act, they were streetwise. Of course they might misjudge a person or situation, or fall into a trap. But adults in the Resistance were no less susceptible.’'
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