A sleepy countryside town today, Terezínepitomizes one of history’s darkest chapters. 140,000 people were deported hereby the Nazis when it served them as a GESTAPO prison, ghetto and concentration camp during the Holocaust.
On this day-trip to the former ghetto, concentration camp and GESTAPO prison just one hour from Prague, we focus on Czech-Jewish history, World War II and the Holocaust. A sleepy town in the Bohemian countryside today, our expert guides will help see through its pretty facade.
We visit Terezíns monuments, memorials and museums and find hidden traces of its dark past while discussing present-day attitudes towards Terezín. You will learn about its history, from its times as a Habsburg Empire garnison town to the visit of the Red Cross and the story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and her children’s paintings.
A sobering but essential educational experiece shedding light on people’s darkest potential. Remembering what happened then and drawing the right conclusions remains forever crucially important.
Centralto the Holocaust, more then 33,000 prisoners died here as a result of malnutrition, disease and the sadistic treatment by their captors. For many more it was their last stop before being deported to extermination camps like Auschwitz, Treblinka or Sobibór.
Thiscontrasts with prisoners’ courageous resilience. Defying the most direconditions, people maintained a rich cultural and religious life, held celebrations, even composed and staged operas. Terezín epitomizes the worst aspects of the human spirit but its prisoners left the world striking examplesof human potential and the power of compassion. Terezín played a unique douberole, in the Nazis’ pursuit of the Final Solution but also their propaganda efforts to conceal the holocaust.
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