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THE CHILDREN’S STORY (article first published : 2000-09-4)

The Children’s Story is a remarkable and inspiring testament to the children of Terezin and lives on as a treasured legacy of eternal hope.

The Council of Kwazulu Natal Jewry is proud to host the paintings and poems of the children of the Tereisenstadt Concentration Camp. This exhibition comprising a selection of 100 images has been made possible through the co-operation of the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Jewish Museum in Prague.

Terezin was an unusual concentration camp in that it was created as a "model ghetto" for Red Cross inspections in 1944. Even under dire conditions of malnutrition, infection, lack of basic hygiene and medication, the Jewish self-government in the camp attempted to protect the children from the shocking reality of their surroundings. In the context of this culture existed alongside starvation, torture and the constant dread of the transports to the death camps of the east.

The children’s’ poems and paintings reveal life in the ghetto with maturity far beyond their years. At the same time they are haunting reminders of what no child should ever have to endure. A total of 15,000 children under the age of 15 passed through the Terezin Concentration camp between the years 1942 to 1944 and less than 100 survived! The poems and pictures drawn by the young inmates of Terezin showed not only the daily misery of these uprooted children, but also their courage and optimism, their hopes and their fears. Every one of its inhabitants was condemned in advance to die.

There will also be daily video screenings of Paradise Camp (60 minutes) and Incarcerated Dreams (20 minutes) throughout the day at 10h00, 12h00, 14h00, 16h00 and 18h00.

The exhibition is open to the public from September 18 to 21 from 09h30 to 20h30 and on September 22 from 09h30 to 13h00. The venue is the Durban Jewish Centre in Old Fort Road and tours are available for schools and other interested groups. More details from Ruth on (031) 337-2581.




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