The Holocaust

Terezin was much worse than the wall in Maticni Street

David FerkoUsti nad LabemI’m in Terezin for the first time, and I have a very bad feeling being here. I’m frightened to stand here, because I can imagine all the people who were here and all the suffering they went through. Somebody told me that there were sixty women in this very, very small room. [...]

It’s more than your right: it’s your duty

Ana AraujoVenezuela I’m looking for information about the whole Holocaust. I have found and heard some information in the Jewish community "Bejt Simcha”, and in the Terezin Initiative. I have visited Terezin and the Jewish museum about the concentration camp. But I have not found any written information about the Roma Holocaust here in the [...]

What has he left to me? My name

Emilie HorackovaMimonJuly 2000My father had a terrible childhood. He and his entire family were sent to Auschwitz. I’m not sure, but I think his family all died there. I know that my father and grandpa were there, and that grandpa died there.My father was the only one of his family who survived.He was transported to [...]

Survivors had to settle on river banks

SURVIVORS HAD TO SETTLE ON RIVER BANKSEmilie HorackovaJarovnice, SlovakiaAugust 2000Anna Husarova is an old lady whose path through life has been full of stones and suffering. Her story takes us as far back as World War II.In 1940 Anna was eighteen, married and living in Jarovnice. At the time the settlement had only six houses, [...]

Does it open up your world?

Mark Ludwig Violist, Boston Symphony OrchestraDirector, Terezin Chamber Music Foundation[during "Arts of Tolerance" a series of workshops, performances and discussions organized by the Stories Exchange Project, 18-19 September 2000]Terezin, Czech RepublicA little over twelve years ago I began to research the music and the history of composers who were incarcerated in Theresienstadt [Terezin]. It really [...]

The heart of Prague had been ripped out

John ShattuckU.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republicin conversation withJohn W. ErwinDirectorThe Stories Exchange ProjectU.S. Ambassador’s ResidencePrague28 November 2000John ErwinWhen we were in Terezin together in September – on that day of course one dark-skinned member of our group, Kumar Vishwanathan from India who works with Roms in this country was detained by the local police because he [...]

It’s very close to us, the past

Zuzana PodmelovaTerezin survivorLecturer, Jewish Museum, PragueHelga Weissova-HoskovaTerezin survivorPainter, Prague [during "Arts of Tolerance" a series of workshops, performances and discussions organized by the Stories Exchange Project, 18-19 September 2000]TerezinCzech RepublicZuzana PodmelovaHelga has so many duties in her family but she always finds time to do something for the community, and I really—Helga Weissova-HoskovaWe spent twenty [...]

To remember well, we have to know a lot more

A story and responses to it in Terezin, the former Nazi transport camp in the Czech Republic, during the opening session of ARTS OF TOLERANCE: a review of options for the Stories Exchange Project, 18-19 September 2000Zuzana PodmelovaLecturer, Jewish Museum, PragueTerezin servivorMy life was the standard life of a Jewish person in the Czech lands. [...]

How lucky I am to be doing what I’m doing

Ronan LefkowitzViolinist, Boston Symphony Orchestra [during "Arts of Tolerance" a series of workshops, performances and discussions organized by the Stories Exchange Project, 18-19 September 2000]TerezinCzech RepublicRonan LefkowitzEven before I heard all the details, I imagined exactly what they’re talking about here: the concept of sharing under great hardship, the life lessons that they learned. Zuzana [...]

Even though our house had been destroyed

Author: Verka Dudi Kot’oLocation: OstravaMy Romany father told me this story. He is now sixty-two."I was born in Slovakia: in Snina, in Humenné county. I had nine sisters and brothers, and I was the second youngest. We lived in a house my father built. I have very bad memories of the War. When I was [...]