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Reading Public Museum presents Theresienstadt’s Children and Their Art

The Reading Public Museum presents Theresienstadt’s Children and Their Art an exhibition on view through 5/13/12.

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his moving exhibition features more than 30 objects from the Beit Theresienstadt Holocaust Museum, Archive and Educational Center in Israel. The works, including collages, drawings, embroidery, dolls, diaries, magazines, games, and marionettes, were created by children at the Theresienstadt ghetto in what is now the Czech Republic. The Theresienstadt Ghetto, (Terezin in Czech) was established in the northwestern part of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia on November 24, 1941. It was alleged to be a “Jewish town” for the Protectorate’s Jews, but was in fact a Concentration and Transit Camp, which functioned until its liberation on May 8, 1945.

During its operation, 12,171 Jewish children (born 1928-1945) were sent to GhettoTheresienstadt; 9,001 of these children were deported to the “East,” of whom 325 survived. For many of the children, these objects are the only things that remain from their lives.

This exhibition is part of The Theresienstadt Project, a collaborative educational effort among the Reading Public Museum, the Reading Symphony Orchestra, and the Jewish Federation of Reading.

Reading Public Museum 500 Museum Road Reading, PA 19611-1425

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