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“Sobering slice of history”

Theresienstadt Concentration Camp
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Private Half-Day Tour From Prague To Terezín Concentration Camp
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Terezin
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Sobering slice of history”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

The concentration camp is just over an hour outside of Prague. We booked a tour and were very impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of the guide. The buildings are well preserved and there are exhibits of the sleeping, washing and eating conditions that the prisoners experienced. Standing in the cramped, cold and dark cells give you some idea of the trauma that the prisoners must have experienced. While it is a very sad and sobering experience, it is also necessary to appreciate your own situation and to spread awareness and stop such attrocities in the future. The video that was played with the newsclips and propaganda was interesting to see because I had not realised that the world in general did not know what was really happening in these camps and how they were 'sold' to the world as spa resorts. The guide took us through the tunnel, showed us the place where so many bodies were buried and told us the details about the camp and how it was used as a transient camp for other camps like Nuremberg. All in all, a very educational site to visit

Visited December 2013
3 Thank Lauren H
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“Preserving the memory of the Jewish victims of the Nazis”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

By far, this was the most moving experience of our trip. The camp site is well preserved. The day we visited was cold and damp which made it a bit more real for us and made us think of the horrors that the prisoners endured; the cold in addition to the starvation, torture and forced labor. The tour guide at Theresienstadt was the absolute best we have ever experienced. She made it real using phrases such as "imagine yourself", "think what it must have been..." She spoke English beautifully with a wide vocabulary so everything she said was clear. She had a quiet passion about this concentration camp which made us wonder if she lost family or friends there. I'm glad we went. As sad as it is to be there it's important that we know what can happen when radicals take over. And we learned how the Red Cross was duped, or looked away.

Visited September 2013
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“Grim Reminder of the Past”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We booked a tour to the Terezin Concentration Camp which was located approximately 40 miles away from Prague city. We had a very good knowledgeable tour guide and she was giving the tour into both English and Spanish. Thank you Veronica for giving us a very good tour.

We were picked up from the hotel early at 8.15am in the morning and whisked off to the tour office where we waited for other tourists to come and then set off for Terezin. Terezin is basically divided into the small and large fortress, where Hitler used to further his agenda against the Jews and all who opposed him. We visited both fortresses, where the small fortress was used as house the prisoners of the time, and the large fortress was used as a Jewish ghetto. We also visited the crematorium used during that time. It was flooded about 4 months ago when the floods came which covered all of the area – we could see water marks up to 2m high. So time your visit properly if you intend to visit Terezin.

The tour also took us to the Ghetto Museum to show the lives of the Jews and their struggle and promise of freedom by the Nazis.

The only problem I had with the tour was that it was too short! More time should have been allocated for the Ghetto Museum and the small and large fortress. We were essentially zipping in and out of the small and large fortress. We were also given 45min for the Ghetto Museum which was really insufficient as we were skipping exhibits. The Ghetto Museum required a minimum of 2 hours to visit but we only had 45min and then we had to go back to Prague.

The entire tour ended at 2pm back in Prague, a total of 5 hours or so. The tour is very informative and a good insight into the atrocities at that time. However I felt it was rather short and insufficient for us absorb all of it. Overall 4 stars for the visit.

Visited December 2013
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