Monthly Archives: January 2012
The Czech town of Terezin stands 38 miles (60km) from Prague. The site became a tourist attraction after coming into limelight due to the sufferings of thousands of innocent people during World War II when Nazis used this site as a Jewish ghetto and Nazi concentration camp. While many Jews passed through Terezin en route to the Polish concentration camp Auschwitz, numerous others were imprisoned or died at Terezin.
Terezin was built as a garrison town by Emperor Joseph II at the confluence of the rivers Labe (Elbe) and Ohře (Eger) in the late 18th century with the aim of protecting the Czech lands from the Prussians. It was originally a fortress surrounded by massive ramparts.
The town has become a tourist attraction these days where visitors come to see the Ghetto Museum, the Small Fortress (used as a Gestapo prison during World War II), and the Terezin Memorial. The memorial was built to commemorate the victims of the Nazi political and racial persecution during the occupation of the Czech lands in World War II. the Terezin Memorial hosts many actions and concerts related mainly with the history of Jews in the Czech Republic and the persecutions in the Nazi camps. The Memorial is open all throughout the year (except 24-26 December and 1 January). Seniors, students, children and families get benefit of discounts.