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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  • I think figuring this place is necessary a guided tour. Unique, for architecture and history.
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  • My wife and I toured Terezin with Pavel Batel last November. Pavel is an incredible tour guide with a passionate interest in, and deep knowledge of, Terezin, the Holocaust, and the Czech experience of...  more »
  • We have just experienced an incredible Terezin tour with Czech writer Pavel Batel. He was literally able to take us back in time and presented all the facts with passion which kept us focused all the ...  more »
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  • A chilling look at a sad chapter in our human history. Informative tour guide, good video, poignant displays. All very sad. Lest we forget. Highly recommend visiting as a human duty.
  • Haunting. If you visit start at the museum and visit the other memorials in the town before heading to the small fortress. So don't jump off the bus as soon as you see the first sign of battlements, stay on another stop or take a short wander in the opposite direction of the fortress toward the river.
  • Built between 1780 and 1790 as a fortification system for the town and later used as a prison. During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939, it became Gestapo headquarters for the region. Thousands of people were housed in this detention camp before most were sent to the extermination camps elsewhere in Europe. There is a lot to see in the museum exhibits, the prison quarters and even tunnels in the outside walls. Another startling reminder of the past atrocities and how vicious humans can be to each other.
  • Very important to understand the bureaucracy and psychological warfare of the Holocaust. Profoundly moving. Excellent curation of exhibits.
  • Its a really well mantained museum and if you're in Prague it should be on your list of the things to visit.
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