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May 12, Noon ET
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Facebook page
Two months pregnant, Priska Löwenbein clung
to her husband inside the railcar. In a last act of hope, they named their
baby before arriving at Auschwitz. Once there, Priska managed to hide her
growing belly, while Nazi officials sent other obviously pregnant women and
mothers with young children directly to their deaths in the gas chambers.
During the Holocaust, pregnancy and having small children decreased the
already slim chance of survival for Jewish women. Even in hiding, a child
crying could threaten everyone around them.