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Drawings on display in the Pinkas Synagogue

Drawings by children in Nazi camp speak of dreams

Some 4,500 paintings drawn by children amid brutal conditions at the Theresienstadt death camp in 1943-44, during secret art classes, are on display at Prague's Pinkas Synagogue in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

A unique collection of some 4,500 drawings by children who were interned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Holocaust still attracts attention, 75 years since their creation.

 

 

Amid the brutal conditions in the ghetto, the children drew them during covert art classes led by artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, mostly in 1943-44.

 

Drawings on display in the Pinkas Synagogue
Drawings on display in the Pinkas Synagogue
 

The drawings depict the everyday life as well hopes and dreams of returning home, helping the children cope with the cruel reality.

 

They survived thanks to Dicker-Brandeis, who hid them in two pieces of baggage in Theresienstadt before her deportation to a death camp.

 

Terezin photos
Terezin photos

 

They belong to Prague's Jewish museum and are on display in the Pinkas Synagogue.

 

Terezin photos
Terezin photos

 

Visitor Alexandra Diffey from Britain said: "It's very, very moving. It is interesting. I've been thinking as I was walking around because my father was in a concentration camp, so it sort of hits home how it was for the Jews. I just think young people should really come here and see for themselves and maybe learn something."

 

Some 35,000 victims died in Theresienstadt, also known as Terezin, during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Some 87,000 others were transported from Terezin to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps where most of them perished.

 


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