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November 22, 2017

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Filed under: Language, Music, World War II — Tags: — furtherglory @ 12:10 pm

New rendition of a classic German marching song just released!

The gate of death in the small fortress at Theresienstadt

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:26 am

My photo of the gate into the Small Fortress

My photo of the gate of death

The Gate of Death, shown in the photo directly above, leads to the execution site outside the walls of the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt.

After visiting the firing range in the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt, tour groups go through the Gate of Death which is the gate through which condemned prisoners had to walk to reach an execution site outside the fortress.

If you don’t want to go through the tunnel to get to the execution site, you can reach the Gate of Death by walking straight ahead when you enter the Small Fortress, instead of turning left into the Administration Court.

You will then enter the Fourth Courtyard which is where my tour group emerged when we came through the Gate of Death.

My photograph above shows the Gate of Death, taken from inside the Fourth Courtyard. In the background, you can see the high wall of the firing range.

After we entered the fortress again through the Gate of Death, my tour group made a right angle turn to the left and walked a few yards to the swimming pool. The pool was built in 1942 for the benefit of the guards and their families.

According to a pamphlet that we were given “It was constructed by students of Roudnice and Jewish prisoners who were tortured and beaten while working.”

The pool is quite small and no more than six feet deep. The pool is located in the northeast corner of the fortress and behind it is a bastion which sticks out on the outside of the fort.

You can see more photos on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/SmallFortress/smallfortress01.html