Fine Art | Terezin
Ghetto Theresienstadt (Terezin) was presented by the Nazis as a model camp to the Red Cross. When in fact it was a place of horror.
Work will set you free.
"They have invented a myth that Jews were massacred and place this above God, religions and the prophets,"
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran
As Hitler transported tens of thousands of communal objects to Prague, their owners were rounded up and shipped to a city northwest of Prague that had been built in 1780 by Joseph II. Ironically, this city served as a fortress to protect Prague from invaders to the north. Joseph II names this village after his mother, Maria Teresia, calling it Terezin. Hitler told the world that he had built a city for the Jews, to protect them from the vagaries and stresses of the war. Notable musicians, writers, artist and leaders were supposedly sen to Terezin for their safety. This ruse worked for a very long time, to the great detriment of the nearly two hundred thousand men, women and children who passed through its gates as a way station preceding their final days in a death camp. The Red Cross was allowed to visit Terezin once. The village of Terezin was spruced up for the occasion. Certain inmates were dressed up and told to stand at strategic places along the specially designated route through Terezin. Shop windows along that carefully guarded path were filled with goods for the day. Of the vast majority of the Czech Jews who were taken to Terezin (or Theresienstadt), 97,297 died: 15,00 of them were children.
I'd Like To Go Alone
I'd like to go alone
Where there are other, nicer people,
Somewhere into the far unknown,
There, where no one kills another.
Maybe more of us,
A thousand strong,
Will reach this goal
Before too long.
- Alens Synkovd
"...I Never Saw Another Butterfly" is a book of children's drawings and poems from
Terezin Concentration Camp 1942-1944.