Sunday we traveled to Terezin where we learned a lot about what had happened during world war 2. We had taken a 40 minute bus ride to Terezin and once we arrived we went inside a museum and saw what had happened to the children in camps such as Terezin and other places as well. Afterwards we walked to the barracks and saw the living conditions people had inside the place. The crematorium was after which then lead us on a our walk to an official tour of Terezin. The tour guide had told us a bunch of facts about the numerous different living conditions people had to live in as well as toured us around the concentration camp. We had gone and went through tunnels, barracks, cells, and even a cinema. We then left and took the bus back to Prague where we had dinner and went to bed.
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.
Terezin is a former military fortress that was used as a concentration camp and ghetto during World War II. Growing up I had learned about the horrible acts that were done during the war against Jews and other so called enemies of Nazis but never had I seen the physical evidence of these crimes. What impacted me the most was seeing all the art work the children created in the ghetto. These drawings and paintings included what life was like in the ghetto, what they imagined life to be like when they were free, and various others ones. Seeing how these young children depicted life as hopeless and dark made me think about how these camps took away the lives of a whole generation of children. These children never had the chance to grow up, to become a doctor or artists, to do what they love. Instead many of them were forced into a horrible life and then died at a young age. Seeing the physical evidence of the crimes committed in World War II was an eye opening experience that I will never forget.