Beit Terezin Archives
A documentary and commemoration project was initiated already during the ghetto’s operation period, purposed to telling future generations what happened there. Zeev Shek, one of the prisoners, and later the first chairman of the Beit Theresienstadt Association, secretly collected documents with his friends, documenting events in the ghetto. After he was sent to Auschwitz, his girlfriend, Alisa Ehrmann, (later Shek) continued his work. After liberation Shek settled in Prague and, with the help of a few friends from the ghetto, was able to collect additional materials documenting the “Final Solution” operations.
Beit Theresienstadt archive contains both original documents and photocopied documents stored in other places, including documents from the ghetto period, studies, newspaper clippings, and more.
More than 900 files, classified according to topics such as: art, literature, self-administration, medicine, the labor department, children’s residence, children’s and teenagers’ newspapers and music. These files contain biographical information, personal testimonies, various writings and newspaper clippings.
The archive includes a review library that holds about 5,000 titles in Hebrew and other languages: books, periodicals, art catalogs from Theresienstadt ghetto, documentary films (video and audio), student and scholarly works and photocopies of music sheets composed and performed in ghetto Theresienstadt.
Beit Theresienstadt’s collections contain drawings and paintings by adult artists, children’s paintings, Judaica objects, everyday objects, art and sculptures.
A taste of Beit Theresienstadt’s collections can be found at this link
The archive contains a catalogue listing details of about 160,000 Theresienstadt Ghetto prisoners.
To search for relatives and use the materials for research and writing, please contact the archive staff in advance.