Albright lays flowers at cemetery at Terezín

Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright accompanied Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra on a visit to Terezín on Sunday, the site of a former Jewish ghetto and Gestapo-run prison during World War II, from which tens of thousands were sent to their deaths in Auschwitz and other extermination camps. The former secretary of state, who was born to Czech Jewish parents in Prague in 1937, laid flowers at the National Cemetery at the Terezín memorial - remembering those who died in the Holocaust including 24 members of her own family. During her visit she also had a print made of her hand for the local museum known as Krištálový dotek (Crystal Touch), where casts are made in crystal and displayed. Others whose hands were cast in the past include the late Václav Havel and Arnošt Lustig.

Author: Jan Velinger