Terezín Memorial - Czech Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Waupe
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Quick Description: Terezín Memorial is dedicated to reminding us of the criminal plans of Nazism, to honor the rescuers, & all who resisted the Holocaust & to commemorate the suffering of the victims, of more than 30,000 Jewish adults and children who died in Terezín.
Location: Ústecký kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 1/22/2011 3:39:43 AM
Waymark Code: WMAJM7
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:

Terezín, known as the “model concentration camp,” is approximately 60 kilometers from Prague. Composed of a small and large fortress, the facility was first a military garrison that began construction in 1790. More than 30,000 Jewish adults and children died in Terezín. On the initiative of the newly created Czechoslovak government, in 1947 the National Suffering Memorial was opened on the site of the suffering of tens of thousands; it was later on renamed the Terezin Memorial.

During the Nazi occupation of the Czech part of Czechoslovakia in World War II, the Small Fortress of Terezín was turned into a Gestapo prison & the Great Fort – the town of Terezín – a Jewish ghetto and transit station to death camps in the east.

For displaced Jews, the Terezín ghetto was a place of suffering, but also of resistance – nearly unimaginable courage, self-sacrifice, and unending struggle to save the intended victims of genocide.

The Terezín Memorial is dedicated to reminding us of the criminal plans of Nazism, to being pro-active in the fight against the re-emergence of extreme rightist, neo-Nazi and nationalistic groups, to honor the Rescuers, and all who resisted the Holocaust and to commemorate the suffering of the victims.

Over 150 000 men, woman, and children were deported to Terezin from the Czech lands, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Slovakia and Hungary; 35 000 died.

You can witness the common rooms for prisoners, perhaps the size of a two-car garage which held 25-30 people, with no electricity & no running water. The “isolation cells” rooms big enough to hold a twin bed, not too much else. You can also see the cemetery just outside the fortress was where thousands of political prisoners were buried. As well as a Jewish museum with a permanent exhibition on the history of the ghetto, along with documentary films, and a German propaganda film to deceive the world public.

Terezin will be very intense experience, with a focal point for everything you’ve seen in films and read in books about the Holocaust. It will also help you to view events in your own life with a new perspective; while visiting Prague tear yourself away from the beautiful city to spend a day in Terezin, we must never forget!


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Památník Terezín vznikl v místech utrpení desetitisícu lidí puvodne jako Památník národního utrpení roku 1947 z iniciativy vlády znovu obnoveného Ceskoslovenska.

V Ceské republice je jedinou institucí svého druhu. Jeho posláním je uchovávat památku obetí rasové a politické perzekuce v letech nacistické okupace, rozvíjet muzejní, výzkumnou a vzdelávací cinnost, jakož i pecovat o místa spojená s utrpením a smrtí desetitisícu obetí vlády násilí.

Physical Address:
Pamatnik Terezin
411 55 Terezín
Terezín, CZ

Date Dedicated: 7/6/1947

Supporting Website: [Web Link]

Fee/Donation: full: 160,- CZK reduced: 130,- CZK

Memorial Type: Museum

Visit Instructions:
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