Commemorative ceremony at Terezín cancelled for first time since 1946

The annual ceremony honouring victims of the Holocaust at the former Terezín concentration camp in Central Bohemia has been cancelled, the spokesman of the Terezín Memorial Tomáš Rieger said on Friday.

The event, which traditionally takes place every year on the third Sunday of May, had been postponed until mid-October due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, in view of the current state of emergency, it has been called off.

Between 1940 and 1945, more than 150,000 people, mostly Jews, passed through the Terezín ghetto on their way to Nazi extermination camps; 117,000 of them did not live to see the end of the war.

Author: Ruth Fraňková