Terezįn by Maddie Risser

We spent the day at Terezín concentration camp. I first started learning about concentration camps in about 7th grade but being in one of the camps were so many people suffered and died was way more surreal that just looking at pictures in textbooks. We walked through cells when prisoners spent weeks, months, and even years awaiting their deaths. We stood in execution spots were prisoner after prisoner was killed. One thing that really stood out to me was a saying that was painted in an arch in one of the prisoner courtyards. It translated to “work will set you free”. This stuck with me because it was so ironic because many people were worked to death and never set free. It was a really moving experience and something I will never forget. Tomorrow I am looking forward to visiting a beautiful Czech castle and walking around the little town near it.

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