Through inmates’ own voices and artwork, Terezín explores the lives of Jewish people in one of the most infamous of the Nazi transit camps.
Between 1941 and 1945, Nazi Germany turned the small town of Terezín, Czechoslovakia, into a ghetto, and then into a transit camp for thousands of Jewish people. It was a "show" camp, where inmates were forced to use their artistic talents to fool the world about the truth of gas chambers and horrific living conditions for imprisoned Jews. Here is their story, told through the firsthand accounts of those who were there. In this accessible, meticulously researched book, Ruth Thomson allows the inmates to speak for themselves through secret diary entries, artwork, and excerpts from memoirs and recordings narrated after the war. Terezín: Voices from the Holocaust is a moving portrait that shows the strength of the human will to endure, to create, and to survive.
Back matter includes a time line, a glossary, sources, and an index.
About the Author
Ruth Thomson is an author and editor of many children’s books. She has an MA in museum and gallery education and lives in London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This collection of writings and images from inmates at Terezin is a clever and effective retelling of the Holocaust. The writings seem to form a narrative and seem to have been written in tandem. the Images are invaluable for gaining the perspective from the inmates themselves. I enjoyed this book as an introduction to the Holocaust.
A fitting companion book to "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," this 64-page beautifully illustrated nonfiction work gives a brief history of the Holocaust as seen through one of the less horrific of the Nazi concentration camps. Relying heavily on the work of the professional artists who were interned in Theresienstadt and drew the truth as well as the propaganda required of them, "Terezin" nonetheless avoids the gruesome images and details of life and death in the ghetto.One emphasis is on the contribution of art and culture to the well-being of those imprisoned at Terezin. A brief chapter on Friedl Dicker-Brandeis tells how the artist worked with children. Some of the art thus produced also graces these pages. Before Friedl was sent to Auschwitz, "she hid two suitcases containing more than 4,000 children's works. Today, these are on show at the Jewish Museum in Prague," for which we all owe the artist a great debt.One question this well-written and presented history raises is what age group should be its audience. Adults who are not of the postwar generation should read it, as well as teens and perhaps pre-teens. But though it is in a picturebook format, even the gently presented reality is too horrifying for the young. Not remembering when I *didn't* know about what the Nazis did to the Jews of Europe, I would hesitate to share this with a child under 12.