International: The Children

At the age of four, hollow-eyed little Pessel Fachler weighed only 27 pounds. Born in Siberia, to which her Polish parents had fled to escape the Nazis, Pessel had been harried across Europe with her mother and grandmothers, ended up at war's end in a Berlin refugee camp. Half-starved and bloated with edema, her puny body had withstood pneumonia, whooping cough, heart disease and tuberculosis.

U.N.'s International Children's Emergency Fund was doing what it could to help Pessel herself, but there were millions like her for whom it could do nothing. Broadcast through many of the world's radio stations, a recorded wail...

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