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Beggars or fallen sparrows? Some of sing a popular song. Others, though, play sounds spontaneously with any old musical instrument. But here's the thing, this is what this city has shown me.. It breaks my heart when I see children that are hungry, homeless and even without a family who have lost their livelihood because of unemployment on their parents behalf and themselves, however, a longer story is lingering behind some of the children in which whom are seeking the charity of passers by in an open fashion publicly across Poland and other countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Germany.
In 1944 as World War II had been provoked against Nazi Germany and the civilians were not permitted to evacuate the eastern territories of Prussia. Erich Koch, a party leader of the Nazi branch in Prussia, which was a German state between 1701 and 1918 constantly rising to power under the guidance of Frederick II and was the leading state of the German Empire until its dissolution directed that fleeing was illegal and punishable including flights strictly being forbidden implementing measures that consisted of time-consuming offensives, however, though as the Red Army, an army and the air force of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, approached Konigsberg (capital of Prussia) many Germans had planned for an evacuation.
Evacuation took place in several waves, in particular during January 1945 East Prussia began evacuating with flights allowed in the last moments before evacuation. The Red Army directed that millions of people including children to flee; but, many of them were killed during evacuation and some injured while bombing raids were conducted and in the midst of some of the most harsh winters without any food supplies nor shelter.
Over 2 million children had fled to neighbouring countries, however though, thousands of children were left behind in the midst of the evacuation, unfortunately, without family, without their siblings or friends and some fled into the forest where they were left without any option but to fend for themselves and facing execution if caught by the tyrannic soviet regime.
They were forgotten about, they were barefoot and they had lice. In 1946, and following many decades of war these kids, orphans, and as such, fallen sparrows lived without a name, without a language and without identity never again had they lived in accordance to dates on a calendar or with time on a clock.
What they did live for was to keep close together with their siblings where it was due, those who did survive with their siblings, survived the holocaust, meanwhile those children that lost all means of their family were condemned to live through begging where death was imminent searching for food and shelter became their first and only priority.
The only scraps of family memories that the kids were able to carry with them during the flee were photos or an address to their relatives house.
Today, long after the end of the devastating conflict, most of these children are present around Poland and the surrounding Eastern European countries and some having been orphaned, while others aren't, they're related to the then evacuees whom live a nomadic lifestyle.
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