Past Events 2022


Nazi Medicine: Hitler or Hippocrates?

Modern bioethics has been shaped by the role played by physicians and other healthcare professionals in the Nazi era and the Holocaust. This makes it imperative to teach this relatively unknown history to all healthcare professionals. Learning about this specific time in the past can be critical in informing future professionals’ understanding of their responsibilities.

Dr. M.D. Tessa Chelouche 

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The manner in which prisoner doctors held on to their professionalism and reacted to the extreme persecution foremost as doctors, was one of the reasons why they could provide medical care in Theresienstadt and save lives.  Experiencing the ghetto as doctors allowed the physicians a measure of agency in situations where they had to make very uncomfortable decisions

Dr. M.D. Tessa Chelouche 

Dr. Tessa Chelouche,  is currently the head of a Family Medicine practice for Clalit Medical Services. For the past 18 years, and continuing in the present, she has directed and taught an undergraduate course on Medicine and the Holocaust at the Technion Faculty of Medicine. She is the Co-Chair of the Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust and a member of the Governing Council of the International Chair of Bioethics, World Medical Association Cooperation Center and is the Co-Director of the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust. She is currently a member of the Lancet Commission on Medicine and the Holocaust: Historical Evidence, Implications for Today, Teaching for Tomorrow.

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Researching Jewish Families in Prague:
An Embarrassment of Riches

There is evidence of Jews living in Prague for the past 1,000 years. For centuries, Prague was one of the largest Jewish communities in the world, and a wealth of materials still exist documenting this  community. In this lecture, Randy Schoenberg discusses the myriad resources available for family research in Prague and previews his new family history documentary tracing back his family 500 years.

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The 84th Annual Memorial Day of the Kristal Nacht

 This year the annual “Kristal Nacht” memorial event of  the association of Israelis of Central European Origin was held at Beit Theresienstadt in the presence of the  Austrian ambassador to Israel Nikolaus Lutterotti, and Dr Jörg Walendy, Deputy Chief of Mission at the German Embassy.

Prof. Dina Porat spoke about the attitude of the Yishuv in Eretz  Israel to the Holocaust. The lecture was Followed by a   discussion led by Oren Nahari with  Prof. Moshe Zimmermann .and Muki Zur

"The Olympic Doll" - Re-screening

Beit Terezin and the Goethe Institut  re-screening of Giora Gerzon’s film “The Olympic Doll” Based on Inga Auerbacher’s book “I am a star”.

Inge Auerbacher, born in Germany documented her childhood under Nazi rule. Filmmaker Giora Gerzon, of Steven Spielberg’s commemoration-documentation foundation, created a unique film based on Auerbacher’s poems and story of how she and her doll survived Theresienstadt together.  

This year, Inge Auerbacher was invited to speak before the German Bundestag on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The event was held on Monday, September 19th at 6:00PM , at the Geothe Institut Tel Aviv

Crafting Heritage: The Art of Holocaust Remembrance – A Homage to David Friedmann

Beit Terezin in collaboration with the Ghetto Fighters’ House

Guest Speaker: Liz Elsby

The Nazi ghetto of Theresienstadt (Terezin in Czech) near Prague, is often remembered for the incredible cultural endeavors of its Jewish inmates: in appalling conditions and in the shadow of deportations to death, the Jews there created art, held concerts and plays, and performed operas such as ‘ Brundibar”. In reality, almost 34,000 people, the majority of them elderly German and Austrian Jews, died of disease, starvation, and neglect within the ghettos walls; thousands more were among the 88,000 deported to the death camps from the ghetto.

Today, most of these elderly men and women remain unremembered ghosts, whose lives, and suffering would have been forgotten by history had not an incredible group of Theresienstadt artists felt compelled to secretly draw their plight.

The talk examined the artwork these brave artists created in that hellish place, and by doing so, it gave a face to these faceless victims and reminded them of their humanity.


"March of the Living Scroll" 13-15 May 2022

For 20 years, 1,564 Czech Torah Scrolls looted by the Nazis lay in the damp ruined Michle synagogue outside PragueRescued by a Jewish philanthropist and placed under the auspices of the Memorial Scrolls Trust (MST), these Torah Scrolls have become symbols of Jewish continuity. MST is now graciously loaning a Torah Scroll, once used by the Jewish community of Olomouc, to Beit Theresienstadt where it will become an inspirational source of a unique Bar/Bat Mitzvah Jewish Heritage educational program.

Beit Theresienstadt, together with B’nai B’rith International, the International March of the Living,  the Terezin Memorial and the Jewish Museum in Prague, had rededicated the MST Torah Scroll at the Czech Republic annual Commemoration of the Liberation of Theresienstadt. The final event of this Journey of Remembrance and Renewal took place when the MST Olomouc Torah Scroll was installed to its new educational home at Museum Beit Theresienstadt (Kibbutz Givat Haim Ihud).

Days Beyond Time - Artist Meet Testimony

“Herzliya” Hebrew Gymnasium in Tel Aviv

The exhibition was displayed in the “Herzliya” Hebrew Gymnasium in Tel Aviv between the dates of 19.4.2022 to 19.5.2022

The grand opening took place on Tuesday 19.4.2022 in the presence of public officials, survivors and artists.

Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano

Friday, 18.03.2022 at 10:00 AM
Beit Terezin,  Givat Haim Ihud

Festive opening event for the new permanent exhibition “Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano”

Curator: Poria Lichi