Terezín Memorial commemorates victims of Nazi persecution

The Terezín Memorial on Sunday quietly commemorated the victims of Nazi persecution. Several public figures, including the head of the Federation of Jewish Communities Tomáš Kraus and Speaker of the Senate Miloš Vystrčil, laid flowers at the National Cemetery in memory of those who died in the Holocaust.

The public memorial ceremony, which was supposed to take place on Sunday, had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. It is the first time the event hasn’t taken place since 1946.

Between 1940 and 1945, more than 150,000 people, most of them Jews, were interned in the Terezín ghetto, the antechamber of the Nazi extermination camp. About 117,000 did not survive the war.

Author: Ruth Fraňková