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By Vera Schiff

Describes the social constitution, created by way of the prisoners themselves at Theresienstadt: the library, banks, faculties, orchestra, scientific amenities, and financial existence. during this booklet, the writer presents eye witness information regarding the association of this camp created by means of the Nazis so that it will mislead the area approximately their real objective.

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73 40 sent to the gas chambers. Nevertheless, in Theresienstadt, the Nazis — at least for some periods of its existence — tried to preserve the vestige of civility and uphold a smokescreen, suggesting potential Jewish survival, and pending successful resettlement. POPULATION & FACILITIES Between February and September, 1943 the deportations to the East stopped. Although at that time there were about 45,000 inmates in Theresienstadt, it was a temporary reprieve and there was some relaxation of nervous tension because the dreaded transports seemed to have come to an end.

There was no privacy. The large common rooms were immensely overcrowded. Usually some 100 to 400 people were squeezed in one common room. Only a tiny number of families perceived as prominent could live together. The camp had special barracks for children. Czech and German were separated for they differed by language. Efforts were made to house inmates respecting their origins but that was not always possible. Conditions were dictated by the high number of arriving transports and the ongoing state of flux that reigned in the camp.

Several groups of workers (chosen for their youth and physical strength) were assigned to labor outside the camp in forests and mines. 74 Terezin — as it is known in Czech — was very different from all other detention camps for Jews. Most were places of horror, established by the Nazis for the purpose of either immediate extermination of the arriving Jews or selections of the able-bodied few for forced labor commandos. Those picked out for hard labor only delayed their date with the executioner slightly.

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