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).
Terezín Memorial´s Department of Education would like to thank for the contributions in support of its youth educational programs
We would like to thank those whose donations have contributed to the educational programs of the Terezín Memorial since the beginning of this year.
Robert H. Arnow (USA) devoted his contribution in support of organizing the youth literary and art competition – the Hana Greenfield Memorial in 2018.
Heinrich Ludwig Logeman sent his monetary gift to cover the costs associated with the stay of volunteers coming to the Terezín Memorial for their one-year stay from the Austrian association Gedenkdienst and the German organization Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste, respectively.
Furthermore, we would naturally also like to thank all the other donors for their gifts supporting the Terezín Memorial´s projects other than its educational programs.
Department of Education, Terezín Memorial
Cover of the book Somewhere There is Still a Sun (Někde ještě svítí slunce), the Czech version, publishing house P3K 2017.
Less than two years ago the Terezín Memorial´s Newsletter
reported on the publication of a book written by Michael Gruenbaum and Todd Hasak-Lowy and called Somewhere There is Still a Sun
. At its end, the report expressed the wish for the book to be translated into Czech within a short time so that the Czech readers too could find an easy access to the story. The wish evidently came true and a book under the Czech title Někde ještě svítí slunce
recently appeared on the shelves of Czech bookstores.
The plot of the book is based primarily on Michael Gruenbaum´s childhood memories, namely those from the period between 1939 and 1945, particularly the time of his stay in the Terezín Ghetto. He was deported to the Ghetto together with his mother and sister in 1942. His memories, narrated in the first-person style, come across in the book as a readable adventure story for boys. Fortunately, this is not the kind of novel trying to provide the most attractive description of such adventures, while insensitively manipulating with the reality of the life in Terezín. More probably, the authors used a greater amount of artistic license in presenting the main character who is supposed to look slightly more naïve than the actual model of the figure. Thanks to the frequent questions he asks, the main character gives space to a subtle presentation of many specific aspects of Terezín life, for instance the difference between theft and the so-called swiping (šlojznutí). However, the book is not a mere description of various routine as well as extraordinary events that happened in the Ghetto, it also seeks to capture how such events were perceived by different Terezín Ghetto inmates.
The book can definitely be recommended not only to all readers who want to understand what had happened behind the walls of the Terezín Ghetto but also to readers keen on quality literature for children and youth.
Published in the Czech language by the publishing house P3K, 2017.
Homepage of the Terezín Memorial´s new website.
Since September 2017 people interested in what is happening in the Terezín Memorial or planning the visit of the place may do so thanks to its new website presentation.
The new web pages feature a modern look with a distinctive homepage. The highlight of the opening page are the pictures of the various former repressive facilities administered by the Terezín Memorial. Each photograph also carries a short quote – either an entry from a period diary or a postwar recollection of a former inmate. Visitors to the website can also click on the name of the author of the recollection and eventually read his or her story (if we happen to be familiar with it). These quotes constitute a kind of tribute to the former inmates as well as a reminder saying that “large history“ hides millions of human stories that often address us in a more comprehensible way than history textbooks.
The homepage also set itself the task to point out to the visitors the most interesting events the Memorial has to offer (visiting its individual objects, online search engines for looking up names of former inmates, catalogs of art collections, educational projects, online publications, calendars of events, information on the Terezín Memorial´s exhibitions etc.) and to provide a fast and simple route to their required content. The structure of the website remains unchanged but your navigation should be much simpler and faster, with a well-arranged menu as an efficient aid.
We sincerely believe that online visitors will like our new website and we will be happy to receive your comments and further ideas. Please, send them to our Facebook page or to our e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Postage stamp booklet designed by Jan Ungrád
Postage stamp booklet designed by Jan Ungrád
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.
View of the electronic version of The Database of the Czech Inmates of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp 1937-1945, May 2017
In 2011 and 2012 the Terezín Memorial’s Newsletters (issues Nos. 2/2011 and 4/2012) briefed on the newly prepared search engines for finding persecuted people. These search engines are now available on the Terezín Memorial website. At the same time, we informed our readers of the possibility of searching for such data also in the English language.
Since then three new databases have been added to the website. We would like to single them out for our readers, both experts and laymen. They are as follows:
Database of the Inmates of the Prague-Pankrác German Interrogation and Detention Prison in Terezín 1945
Database of the Inmates of the Branches of the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp in the Czech Territory
Database of the Czech Inmates of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp 1937-1945
The employees of the Terezín Memorial’s Department of History in particular were involved in researching and excerpting these data. Their key intention was to make the available data from the prisoner cards accessible to the public and gradually to use other sources, thus eventually expanding the database. In the future, the individual search engines can be interconnected, including publication of the sources used directly online on the web pages. The process of compiling new and supplementing existing databases has not yet been finished. Information on the inmates is being constantly updated, while new databases are being created.