Sunday, July 18, 2010

Death at Theresienstadt

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: The Theresienstadt "camp-ghetto" existed between November 24, 1941 and May 9, 1945. Theresienstadt served three purposes:1) a transit camp for Czech Jews whom the Germans deported to killing centers, concentration camps, and forced-labor camps2) a ghetto-labor camp 3) a holding pen for Jews in the above-mentioned groupsIt was expected that that poor conditions there would hasten the deaths of many deportees..

It is strange looking at what is probably my Great-grandfather's death certificate and seeing hand written notations in pencil.  I imagine a clerk or a doctor holding this record in their hand and wonder what they were thinking.  It is disturbing to think that holocausts are still happening all around the world, the death toll from tribal feuds in Africa is staggering. Would things be better if women were in charge?

The National Archives in Prague> Jewish registers> examiner leaves - Ghetto Theresienstadt> Band 1910
Victims of the Holocaust, which the document relates
Eduard Löwy
Born January 2, 1856
Died 1942 Theresienstadt.

For publication will need to contact the National Archives in Prague, where the original document is stored. The document was digitized Terezín Initiative Institute with the support of the Endowment Fund for Holocaust Victims.