If you ever take a city bus to Theresienstadt, be sure to ask for a ticket to Terezin, the name by which this place is now known. The ticket seller will not know what you mean if you say Theresienstadt, which is the German name of the place that was called “the Paradise Ghetto” years ago when prominent Jews and their children were sent there.
The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full here.
Life was anything but peaceful for Inge Auerbacher at a young age. From the time she was 7 years old to 10 her home was Terezin, a Nazi “holding” camp.
According to Auerbacher, she says 15,000 children passed through the Czechoslovakia camp and only one percent survived. Auerbacher was born in Germany and raised Jewish. Her father, Berthold Auerbacher, was a solider for the German Army during World War I. Just a child, she couldn’t fathom why her own country sent her there in 1942. “I didn’t know where I was,” she added.
“It was like going in to hell.”
71 years later, after she was freed in 1945, Auerbacher has written four books. She also has become a motivational speaker. Her message is to help create peace among everyone. Specifically, making sure no one is hungry and discriminated against like she harshly was in Terezin.
I have visited the town formerly known as Theresienstadt twice. I have a section about the town on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/index.html
The newspaper article continues with this quote:
Terezin, the performances setting, was a stopping place before people were sent to “The East” such as the Auschwitz gas chambers. Left behind were writings and artwork, salvaged by survivors, which first made “I never Saw Another Butterfly” a book. “They are memories of Prague or wherever they came from,” said Auerbacher. “Certainly some wrote the poems which signified what was going on around them.”
Auerbacher spoke after the performance sharing her story and her message. A message she is hoping resonates uniting diverse backgrounds, not separating them.
The building shown in the photo above is one of the first buildings that tourists see after getting off the bus to the camp.
You can see more photos of the buildings at Theresienstadt on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/GhettoTour/index.html