Anita Lee Tue May 29 09:36:09 UTC 2018
Yesterday I went on a tour of the Terezin Concentration Camp, about 50 kms north of Prague. It was originally a holiday resort reserved for Czech nobility. By 1940 Nazi Germany had assigned the Gestapo to turn Terezin into a Jewish ghetto and concentration camp. It held primarily Jews from Czechoslovakia, as well as tens of thousands of Jews deported from Germany and Austria, as well as hundreds from the Netherlands and Denmark. More than 150,000 Jews were sent there, including 15,000 children, and held there for months or years, before being sent by rail transports to their deaths at Treblinka and Auschwitz extermination camps in occupied Poland, as well as to smaller camps elsewhere. Less than 150 children survived. It was an extremely confronting tour, but I’m glad that I did it. We finished with a visit to the Former Magdeburska Barracks that now hosts a museum of the cultural activities among the imprisoned. The museum has conserved and displays many of the drawings, paintings and music, plus more, created by the imprisoned. I found the drawings, in particular, very powerful. On one hand, the Nazis made the artists paint images of a happy and pleasant community within the camp, but it was the paintings created in their free time that depicted the realities of the horror. Both types of works are displayed in the museum. Highly recommend a visit if you get out to Prague.
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Deborah Psenner Wed May 30 21:36:21 UTC 2018
I was there also 2 Years ago ... it was very emotional for me 😮
Cath. Wed May 30 08:03:19 UTC 2018
This is awesome
Elliot Tue May 29 11:17:39 UTC 2018
Very powerful