Children's Art from the Terezin Concentration Camp
Turman Gallery, Fine Arts; November 9 - November 20; 1pm-7pm, Monday - Saturday
Only 69 kilometers from Prague, the fortress of Theresienstadt (Terezin) became a Jewish concentration camp after German forces expanded into Czechoslovakia during the late 1930s. Under the pretext of protecting the Jews from the horrors of war, Hitler sent thousands to be housed there, where the population swelled to over 55,000. Many were notable artists, writers, and musicians, who like the other inhabitants, eventually were transported to Auschwitz and killed.
Over 97,000 Jews from Terezin died. Among them were 15,000 children, many of whom created art with the guidance of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, a former student of the Bauhaus School.
This exhibit of 40 drawings from over 5,000 that were snuck out of the camp offers a unique look at the tragic experience of these talented Jewish children. Along with this extraordinary exhibit, current students from North High School, West Terre Haute Middle School, and the Community School of the Arts will display their own works of art that were created in response to the Holocaust.
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