Terezin Memorial, Terezin

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Just an hour outside Prague, Terezin Memorial is a former military fort that played a grim role in World War II. Originally built in the 18th century to strengthen the city's defenses against Prussia, the fortress never saw a real battle, eventually becoming a ghetto and concentration camp for Jews from Czechoslovakia, Germany, and Austria. Although never officially designated as an extermination camp, the ghetto saw the deaths of over 30,000 people, caused in large part by appalling living conditions. Today, this site contains a memorial complex preserving some of the buildings used to house thousands of prisoners. Visit the on-site museum for an in-depth look at the ghetto's role in the "Final Solution." Terezin Memorial is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Terezin Edition.
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  • The Terezín concentration camp is very interesting history that includes, by the "theatre" which generated there covering up the massacre. It is not a shocking concentration camp but is quite large, and together with the town of Terezín is a must-see if you go to Prague with time. The only thing to note is that do not accept the payment with credit cards, but if you accept other currencies non-Czech Crowns.
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  • If you are traveling by bus to Litoměřice (LT), is the stop which is just passing a cross and a star of David on the right side of the road. There you can buy entry combined the small fortress and the town of Terezin, a few minutes walk. The entry includes free guided tour (depending on the schedule, available in Spanish), either you can go on your own. If you go with time, you can watch a brief documentary and browse in the adjoining shop.
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  • We took an organized tour from Prague to Terezin- about a 45 minute drive. didn't realize it was made of 2 parts: a big fort & small fort built hundreds of years ago. During the Nazi occupation the bi...  more »
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  • After the Munich Agreement in September 1938 and following the occupation of the Czech lands in March 1939, with the existing prisons gradually filled up as a result of the Nazi terror, the Prague Gestapo Police prison was set up in the Small Fortress in 1940. The first inmates arrived on 14 June 1940. By the end of the war 32,000 prisoners of whom 5,000 were women passed through the Small Fortress. These were primarily Czechs, later other nationals, for instance citizens of the former Soviet Union, Poles, Germans and Yugoslavs. Most of the prisoners were arrested for various acts of resistance to the Nazi regime; in many cases they were later sent to extermination camps such as Mauthausen. The camp also held family members and supporters of the assassins of Reinhard Heydrich. The Jewish Ghetto was created in 1941.
  • Very impressive. Offers a huge amount of information regarding WWII, what happened to the people inside, specifically the jewish community. The amount of preservation is astonishing. I'm astounded by what I saw. You know it happened, but it really hits home when you're there.
  • A humbling experience. The guides at the small fortress offer a great value of insight. Worth a visit.
  • I was Very moved , well maintained excellent memorial to learn history. Never to forget .
  • A must-see to fully understand the atrocities Nazi's performed during the second World War.

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