Monday and Tuesday by Trevor Cary


Monday – Terezín

                Today we went to the concentration camp an hour north of Prague called Terezín. This camp was originally built in the 15th century by emperor Joseph for his mother Theresa. That is how Terezín got its name, her name. Terezín was built to be a fortress and was used as a prison during the first world war. The man who assassinated Franz Ferdinand, the assassination that started the first world war, was imprisoned here. He died of Tuberculosis in 1918. During World War II, it was used as a concentration camp and it was interesting visiting the town. There were two parts of Terezín, the first part was the actual concentration camp, the other was the Jewish ghetto where around 100,000 jews lived. Many people died in Terezín, while it was not a death camp, poor living conditions killed them.

Tuesday – Last day, Free day

        Today was our last day in Prague. I had tons of fun learning and experiencing a new culture. Prague is a beautiful city with tons of views and historical, pretty buildings. It has a rich history and culture that dates back thousands of years. Many important events happened in Prague that lead to very historical things, like the second defenestration and Jan Hus being one of the first people to break off of the Catholic church. We learned so much about this culturally rich city like the self-immolation of two men who were standing up to the communists. Learning about the communism and what it was like was also interesting. We had first hand accounts told to us about what life was like. I also enjoyed all the gelato you can get throughout Prague. The public transportation system is great in this city. I loved this city and would recommend to everybody to go on this wonderful trip.

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