28/1/20 @ 10:00, 0 The former weighing-house
The Terezín transports: The deportation of Jews to Terezín and transports from the Terezín ghetto to extermination and slave labour camps
A new permanent exhibition of the Terezín Memorial in the former municipal weighing-house
- Opening - Jan Roubínek (Director of the Terezín Memorial)
- Words of the wittness - Hanuš Hron
- Introduction of one of the screenwriters - Vojtěch Blodig (deputy director of the Terezín Memorial)
- Music performance of children from Lauder Schools in Prague
- Guided tour through the exhibition
Arrivals and departures of transports were key components in the organization of the Terezín ghetto, but it is only now that a complete exhibition is being dedicated to them. Previously, this aspect of life in the ghetto was briefly covered in the main exhibition at the Ghetto Museum, but on 28 January 2020 the Terezín Memorial is opening a brand-new exhibition which focuses specifically on the transports, giving visitors a detailed insight into how this system functioned. The building containing the new exhibition is located where there used to be a railway line that played a key role in the transports, giving direct access to the ghetto. The exhibition explains the systems used by the Nazis when transporting Jews from the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (and later from other Nazi-occupied territories) to the Terezín ghetto and when dispatching transports onwards from Terezín to the extermination, concentration and slave labour camps – especially to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Visitors can learn about the tragic history of the so-called evacuation transports that arrived in Terezín during the final months of the war, when other concentration camps were abandoned as the front moved gradually westwards and their prisoners were taken to Terezín. The exhibition also explores the repatriation of the Terezín inmates after their liberation at the end of the war.
The exhibition includes an on-line search facility enabling visitors to look up former ghetto prisoners by name and find information about them from the database maintained by the Terezín Memorial.