In 1944 the Nazis sent two vans to Izieu to exterminate the children of an orphanage, La Maison d'Izieu. In a senseless raid, 44 Jewish children aged 4 to 13 years, and 7 adult caretakers were sent to Auschwitz and immediately gassed ...
Eleven-year-old Liliane Gerenstein managed to write this letter to God shortly after the arrest:
God ? How good You are, how kind, and if one had to count the number of goodnesses and kindnesses You have done, one would never finish.
God ? It is You who command. It is You who are justice, it is You who reward the good and punish the evil.
God ? It is thanks to You that I had a beautiful life before, that I was spoiled, that I had lovely things that others do not have.
God ? After that, I ask You one thing only: Make my parents come back, my poor parents protect them (even more than you protect me) so that I can see them again as soon as possible.
Make them come back again. Ah! I had such a good mother and such a good father! I have such faith in You and I thank You in advance.