The Holocaust Remembrance Day in Terezín – Joint Czech-German Act of Commemoration

Debate with Holocaust survivors – Mrs. Dagmar Lieblová (right) and Mr. Felix Kolmer (left) during a commemorative act on the Day of Remembrance for Holocaust Victims, Small Fortress, Terezín Memorial, photo: Radim Nytl

Debate with Holocaust survivors – Mrs. Dagmar Lieblová (right) and Mr. Felix Kolmer (left) during a commemorative act on the Day of Remembrance for Holocaust Victims, Small Fortress, Terezín Memorial, photo: Radim Nytl

Attended by officials representing the Czech Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany, an act of remembrance was held in Terezín on January 24, 2018 to mark the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust and for the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity. The purpose of the Terezín gathering was to hand over the legacy passed on by the victims of Nazism to the current young generation, represented, in this case, by several dozen students from the Friedrich Schiller Czech-German Bilingual High School in the Saxon town of Pirna.

Studenti z gymnázia Friedricha Schillera v Pirně, připomínka Dne památky obětí holokaustu, Národní hřbitov, Památník Terezín, foto: Radim Nytl.

Studenti z gymnázia Friedricha Schillera v Pirně, připomínka Dne památky obětí holokaustu, Národní hřbitov, Památník Terezín, foto: Radim Nytl.

In his opening speech, Mr. Jan Roubínek, Director of the Terezín Memorial, welcomed the attending officials and guests. Then Mrs. Dagmar Lieblová, a former Terezín Ghetto inmate, recollected her wartime imprisonment in Terezín. Her address was followed by speeches delivered by young high school students from Pirna. In conclusion, the Dresden Rabbi Andreas Nachama offered a prayer, and flowers were laid in the National Cemetery to honor the memory of the Holocaust victims For the students and official guests, the program continued with a visit to Terezín´s Small Fortress, the site of the Terezín Police Prison in the years 1940-1945, and a debate with Mrs. Dagmar Lieblová and Mr. Felix Kolmer, also a former Terezín Ghetto inmate.

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