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Terezin and Lidice

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Today was spent, from about 8 am 'till 4 pm, in the towns of Lidice and Terezin. Let me explain...

Lidice was a small town about 20 minutes northwest of Prague. During WWII, Hitler sent a prominent Nazi leader to rule over Lidice, although, not long after he was ruling, he was assassinated. Seeking revenge on the town of Lidice, Hitler killed all the men, brought all the women and children to concentration camps and raized the entire town. Currently, there is a memorial to commemorate those that had been killed in the destruction of Lidice.

Oh yeah, while we were there, two skin heads showed up in full militant regalia. I was quite nervous.

After a 40 minute drive and a small lunch in the outskirts of Terezin, we made our way to the concentration camp located in an old military fort. The concentration camp was not one of the ones which actually gassed people, i.e. Auschwitz. Instead, it held Jews to be shipped across Nazi occupied territory. Never in my life have I been to such a place. Just today, i've seen where over 100 people were housed in a space not much larger than the dorm room which I currently occupy. These rooms only had one (1) toilet and one (1) sink. I saw where hundreds of dead bodies were piled upon each other in a room much smaller than the room I occupy.

These places were incredible. No amount of history lecture in high school could do either of these places justice.

Not much else to say.

Na shledanou.

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A town once stood here.

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Memorial to the children of Lidice.

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Work sets you free.

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View from solitary confinement.

More photos can be found at my flickr site:

www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyrsmith

Posted by thisdue 17:24 Archived in Czech Republic

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