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Online education session on the history of the Theresienstadt ghetto - 21 September 2023


"Will We Survive Long Enough to See Another Day?" is the title of an online educational session that will take place on 21 September 2023. It is organized by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust in cooperation with the Terezín Memorial. The entire session will be simultaneously translated into English, Czech, and Polish.


During the session, topics related to the operation of the Theresienstadt ghetto, its role in Nazi propaganda, and the functioning of sector BIIb in the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau, known as "Familienlager Theresienstadt," will be discussed.


16:00-16:05 | Session Inauguration

16:05-16:50 | "German Occupation of Czech Lands and the Role of the Terezin Ghetto in Nazi Genocidal Policy" – Dr. Tomáš Fedorovič, Historical Department, Terezín Memorial


16:55-17:40 | "The Propaganda Role of the Terezin Ghetto" - Dr. Tomáš Fedorovič, Historical Department, Terezín Memorial

17:40-17:50 | Screening of the film "Theresienstadt 1942. Dreharbeiten"


18:05-18:50 | "The Camp for Jews from Theresienstadt in KL Auschwitz II-Birkenau" – Dr. Piotr Setkiewicz, Research Center, Auschwitz Museum


Participation in the session is free. In order to participate, please fill out the online registration form by 20 September 20. The link to participate in the session will be sent via e-mail.

In October 1941, on the orders of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the Theresienstadt ghetto was established. The first transports of Jews were directed there in November of the same year. Initially, the ghetto received Jews from the occupied Czech and Moravian territories, as well as from Germany (including annexed Austria). Later on, Jews from the occupied Netherlands and Denmark, as well as from Slovakia and Hungary, were also deported to the ghetto.

The ghetto was liberated by the Red Army on 8 May 1945. Throughout its existence, the Germans incarcerated approximately 140,000 people in Theresienstadt ghetto, of which more than 37,000 were deported to KL Auschwitz.

The history of the deportation of Jews from the Theresienstadt ghetto to Auschwitz II-Birkenau is told in an exhibition created by the Museum in the Google Cultural Institute. The authors of this exhibition are Dr. Maria Martyniak from the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust and Dr. Łukasz Martyniak from the Research Center of the Auschwitz Museum.