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    History of Theresienstadt Ghetto

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    Online Educational Session to Explore the History of Theresienstadt Ghetto and Birkenau Family Camp

    Join a free online educational session to delve into the history of Theresienstadt Ghetto’s role in Nazi propaganda and the existence of the Birkenau Family Camp, organized by the Auschwitz Museum.

    "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.
    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 an effort to shed light on the dark history of Theresienstadt Ghetto and the Birkenau Family Camp, the Auschwitz Museum is hosting an online educational session on Thursday. The event, titled “+Will We Survive Long Enough to See Another Day?+,” is a collaborative effort by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz Museum and the Terezin Memorial.

    The session will explore topics such as the functioning of Theresienstadt Ghetto, its role in Nazi propaganda, and the operation of the so-called “Familienlager Theresienstadt” in the German Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. Translation services will be available in English, Czech, and Polish.

    Theresienstadt Ghetto was established in October 1941 on the orders of Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich. Over its existence, approximately 140,000 people were interned there, with more than 37,000 deported to Auschwitz. The Birkenau Family Camp was established within Theresienstadt, receiving its first transport in September 1943. Despite the odds, only 1,200 individuals survived. The camp was gradually liquidated by the Germans in 1944.

    Auschwitz, founded in 1940, initially held Polish prisoners, while Auschwitz II-Birkenau became a site of Jewish extermination. At least 1.1 million people, primarily Jews, perished in the Auschwitz complex, which also saw the deaths of Romani people, Soviet prisoners of war, and others of various nationalities.

    Participation in the session is free, and interested individuals can register by completing a form on the museum’s website by Wednesday. Electronic session links will be sent out to registrants.

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