Activities at Terezin Memorial

Terezin commemoration 2013 and memorial of the last execution in the Small Fortress

The President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman and director of the Terezin Memorial Jan Munk, Terezin Commemoration 2013

The President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman and director of the Terezin Memorial Jan Munk, Terezin Commemoration 2013


On Sunday 19th May 2013 two commemorative acts took place in the Memorial. The first one at the former place of execution in the Small Fortress to honour more than 50 victims of the last execution carried out in the Terezin police prison on 2nd May 1945, i.e. shortly before the liberation.
Memorial ceremony, execution place in the Small Fortress, Terezin 19th May 2013, photo: Radim Nytl, PT

Memorial ceremony, execution place in the Small Fortress, Terezin 19th May 2013, photo: Radim Nytl, PT


At 10 o’clock laying of wreaths in front of the Small Fortress at the NationalCemetery in Terezin opened the traditional commemorative event to honour the victims of Nazi persecution, the “Terezin Commemoration”. The event was organized by the Central Committee of the Czech Union of Freedom Fighters along with the Terezin Memorial and the following co-organizers: Usti nad Labem region, town of Terezin, Federation of Jewish Communities in the CzechRepublic and Terezin Initiative.
After the guard of honour march and ceremony music, the commemoration event was started by placing wreaths and bouquets. Terezin Memorial director Jan Munk welcomed the participants at the NationalCemetery and the mourning event was opened by the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Czech Union of Freedom Fighters Jaroslav Vodicka. The key speech was delivered by the President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman. This was followed by Christian and Jewish prayers, and the ceremony program was completed with compositions Lachrymose and Agnus Dei from Verdi’s Requiem performed by the Decin choir.

According to the press report of TM

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