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Prison Laundry Room (Wäscherei) – a new permanent exposition in the former Gestapo Police Prison in Terezín

The building of the former laundry in the Small Fortress, photo: Jana Havlínová, Památník Terezín.

The building of the former laundry in the Small Fortress, photo: Jana Havlínová, Památník Terezín.

The exhibition of the former prison laundry of the former Gestapo Police Prison in the Small Fortress, Terezín, expanded in autumn 2015 after the reconstruction of the prison laundry room in courtyard III. Visitors so get a unique opportunity to get acquainted with one of the many job descriptions of so-called Interior Commandos, responsible for the normal operation of the prison in the Small Fortress.

This steam laundry, set in operation in 1944, was equipped with a large boiler, sliding carts, a high-capacity washing machine and a powerful spin-dryer. Yet, the prisoners’ clothes continued to be exchanged only once or twice a month. To work in the laundry brought certain advantages for prisoners: They had enough hot water for their own use, a roof protecting them from weather ailments, and relative peace from guards.

Exposition of  the former laundry in the Small Fortress, photo: Jana Havlínová, Památník Terezín.

Exposition of the former laundry in the Small Fortress, photo: Jana Havlínová, Památník Terezín.

A women’s washroom, built near the laundry room, together with women’s prison cells enabled women prisoners to maintain contact with the men working in the laundry room.
The authenticity and atmosphere of this environment is at first glance enhanced by the displayed collection items, as well as excerpts from the memoirs of former prisoners commenting on their daily hard work. Panels with contemporary documents reveal the fact that the laundry room did not serve only to prisoners, but was used to do the laundry of guards and their families.

This exposition, the scenario of which was prepared by Miroslava Langhamerová from the History Department of the Terezín Memorial, is open to visitors all year round.

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3rd Level Seminar – Czech teachers in Ravensbruck Memorial

Lore Kleiber during the guided-tour in the Haus der Wannsee Konferenz

Lore Kleiber during the guided-tour in the Haus der Wannsee Konferenz

In early October a follow-up seminar (3rd level) for Czech teachers organized by the Terezin Memorial in cooperation with the Czech Ministry of Education took place in the former Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany.

Part of the four-day seminar held in Ravensbruck was also a visit to the House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin. Participants so had the opportunity to see not only an extensive exposition devoted to the Holocaust development, but also view the room, where the conference itself took place in January 1942. The atmosphere of the place was reinforced by a gripping interpretation of events related to the issue. In the next part of the programme, teachers attended a workshop, during which they worked directly with sources of archival nature.

The second day of the seminar was dedicated to the former concentration camp Ravensbruck. Participants visited the local depository, where they were presented archival materials relating to Protectorate female prisoners and historical documents. In the afternoon, everyone got involved in the photographic workshop followed by an exposition tour. Some of the participants presented their school projects within the seminar. The tight schedule again brought new knowledge and information to teachers as well as broadened their horizons in the way and methodology of educating about the Holocaust.

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Seminar for czech teachers 2. grade

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Seminar for czech teachers in Israel

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Seminar for czech teachers in Ravensbrück

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Seminář pro učitele ‘Jak vyučovat o holokaustu’ – 26.-28.3. 2010

Seminář I. stupně “Jak vyučovat o holokaustu”

26. – 28. března 2010

Předběžný program ke stažení – zde

Podrobné info – zde


Seminář pro učitele ‘Jak vyučovat o holokaustu’ – 19.-21.3. 2010

Seminář I. stupně “Jak vyučovat o holokaustu”

19. – 21. března 2010

Předběžný program ke stažení – zde

Podrobné info – zde

 

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