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Beit Theresienstadt in Terezín

Employees of Beit Theresienstadt in the Terezín Memorial; pictured on the left is Mr. Jan Roubínek, Director of the Terezín Memorial, shaking hands with Mrs. Dita Krausová (center); on the right is Mrs. Tamy Kinberg, Director of Beit Theresienstadt. Photo: Radim Nytl, Terezín Memorial.

Employees of Beit Theresienstadt in the Terezín Memorial; pictured on the left is Mr. Jan Roubínek, Director of the Terezín Memorial, shaking hands with Mrs. Dita Krausová (center); on the right is Mrs. Tamy Kinberg, Director of Beit Theresienstadt. Photo: Radim Nytl, Terezín Memorial.

Very special and welcome visitors stayed in the Terezín Memorial between May 14 and 16, 2018, namely staff and guides of the Israeli memorial Beit Theresienstadt (more about the memorial – Terezín Newsletter No. 1/2018).

During their stay in Terezín the employees of our allied institution were introduced to the Terezín Memorial´s activities, plans and projects. They viewed its exhibitions, while a lot of time was also reserved for visits to the specialized departments of the Terezín Memorial and for discussions and exchanges of experience with the local researchers and specialists.

One of the highlights of the meetings was a debate with Mrs. Dita Krausová, former Terezín Ghetto inmate and the main character of the book by Antonio G. Iturbe La bibliotecaria de Auschwitz (The Auschwitz Librarian).

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Meeting of the European Members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience in the Terezín Memorial

Working groups during workshop, the attic theatre of the Magdeburg Barracks, photo: Linda Norris.

Working groups during workshop, the attic theatre of the Magdeburg Barracks, photo: Linda Norris.

Between November 17 and 19, 2017 the Terezín Memorial hosted representatives of the European members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) at a gathering held under the motto: Inspiration for a New Generation. One of the major goals of the Coalition is to involve young people in taking an active part in discussions on various historical events, frequently from the recent past, events that might seem to be complex and controversial but that should not be forgotten.

A varied program was prepared for the participants who came to Terezín from all corners of Europe. Its key section opened with presentations of the current projects carried out by the participating institutions. For its part, the Terezín Memorial, as one of the founding members of the Coalition, unveiled its projects launched in co-operation with the ICSC; the latest of these, Being at School in the War Years (1938 – 1945) is still ongoing. Presentations were followed by debates focused on the potential direction of the ISCS´s work and collaboration with its member institutions.

The meeting was also designed to facilitate closer acquaintance with the Terezín Memorial itself, its history and the objects it administers. Its offer of activities came complete with a fact-finding visit to the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague, with the attendees learning about the Institute´s agenda, its archives and programs for school-age youth.

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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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Unveiling Shoa Monument in Jindřichův Hradec

    10. Shoa Monument in Jindřichův Hradec, photo: Marta Léblová.

10. Shoa Monument in Jindřichův Hradec, photo: Marta Léblová.

A monument commemorating the victims of racial persecution during the years 1939–1945 was unveiled at a ceremony in the city´s Zaskostelecký Square on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The author of the monument, academic sculptor Vladimír Krninský, created his work to mark the 75th anniversary of the transport of Jews from Jindřichův Hradec to Terezín.
The ceremony in the smallish square brought together some 100 people – members of the Zikaron Union, the organizer of the event, officials of the City of Jindřichův Hradec as the main sponsor of the project, the general public and, last but not least, family members and relatives who expressed their gratitude and emotions, while appreciating that the names of their next of kin shall not be forgotten. The guests included 91-year František Fantl, a Holocaust survivor, who had been in that transport and who still has family ties in the city. We are positive that the date May 22, 1942 will find its place among the more joyous anniversaries marked in May and that the monument itself will serve as a venue for mutual meetings.

Mgr. Marta Leblová, Zikaron z.s.

Commemorative Stamps Featuring the Terezín Memorial

A postage stamp booklet designed by Jan Ungrád was also issued to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Terezín Memorial. Each of the eight stamps in the booklet features both works of art by leading Czech artists, artifacts kept in the collections of the Terezín Memorial, as well as pictures made by children who took part in the past art competitions annually held by the Terezín Memorial. These are namely works of the following authors: Fascism (Jan Bauch), Eight Soldiers (Jiří Anderle), What the Children in Terezín Dreamt of (Ondřej Kohout), Sussurans Quiete (The Whisper of Silence) (Nikola Sedlářová), Fight (Zdeněk Hošek), War (Emil Filla), Grief (Nikola Kutílková) and Have You Ever Seen It? (Marie Hervertová). Photograph of Jiří Sozanský´s sculpture entitled A Quiet Lament has been selected for the cover of the postage stamp booklet.

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Postage stamp booklet designed by Jan Ungrád

Postage stamp booklet designed by Jan Ungrád


Postage stamp booklet designed by Jan Ungrád

Postage stamp booklet designed by Jan Ungrád

Traveling Exhibition Being at School in the War Years

Preview of the touring exhibition Being at School in the War Years at the Charles University’s Faculty of Education, May 2017, photo: Radim Nytl, Památník Terezín.

Preview of the touring exhibition Being at School in the War Years at the Charles University’s Faculty of Education, May 2017, photo: Radim Nytl, Památník Terezín.

Back in 2015, the Terezín Memorial, the J.A. Komenský National Pedagogical Museum and Library, the Terezín Initiative Institute and the National Institute for Further Education launched their joint educational project called Being at School in the War Years. Almost twenty teams and individuals from Czech elementary schools entered the project’s first wave. Their task was to carry out research into the topics associated with the school environment in the Czech lands in the years 1938 to 1945. The outcome of their research is presented at a traveling exhibition, premiered in the premises of the Charles University’s Faculty of Education (PedF UK) from March 15 to May 8, 2017. The preview of the exhibition, including a guided tour of the display, screening of the feature film Vyšší princip (Higher Principle) on Czech secondary students during the Nazi reprisals after the assassination of the Acting Protector in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Reinhard Heydrich, and also the follow-up debate with Holocaust survivors, was attended by a number of distinguished guests and pupils and students involved in the project.

Lectures on education and upbringing of youth in the conditions of the Nazi totalitarian regime, plus workshops on the topic of minority schooling were also held during the two months of the exhibition, while one of the school teams involved in the project came in for discussions with the students and lecturers of the Faculty of Education of the Charles University. Starting on May 8, 2017 the exhibition began its tour of the schools taking part in the project; it will go on until the end of the next school year. Then the display will be made available to other interested institutions, and finally it will be dismantled and the individual exhibition panels will be leased to the participating schools. The installation of the display was financed from the grant awarded by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience; the preview of the exhibition at the Faculty of Education of the Charles University was supported by the Endowment Fund for the Holocaust Victims.

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Josef Čapek exhibition

Josef Čapek: The study of women, the date probably 1941 – 1942, Buchenwald; PT 2798, Památník Terezín.

Josef Čapek: The study of women, the date probably 1941 – 1942, Buchenwald; PT 2798, Památník Terezín.


A festive preview of the exhibition entitled Josef Čapek – Painter, Poet, Writer was held in the lobby of the cinema in Terezín´s Small Fortress on April 7 this year. The opening ceremony was attended by Mrs. Kristýna Váňová, Directress of the Karel Čapek Memorial, and the Czech actress Zdeňka Procházková, who recited several poems from Josef Čapek´s works written in prison.

During the war Čapek himself was imprisoned in the concentration camps Dachau, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and Bergen-Belsen respectively. He died of typhoid shortly before the end of the war in the last mentioned camp.

Josef Čapek: Spain 1936 (Corrida madrileña), 1936; PT 10603, Památník Terezín.

Josef Čapek: Spain 1936 (Corrida madrileña), 1936; PT 10603, Památník Terezín.


During his incarceration Čapek drafted many sketches, some of which are now found in the collections of the Terezín Memorial. Because of his artistic talents he was often assigned to and employed in painting workshops in the concentration camps, where he was involved, for instance, in creating pedigrees of the local SS-officers. In addition to that, he also wrote poetry and translated English and Spanish verse.

After its successful staging in the Terezín Memorial this touring exhibition closed on May 31, 2016.

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