Terezin (or "Theresienstadt" in German), less than an hour's drive north of Prague, is a former Habsburg fortress and famous garrison town built between 1780-1790. This town became a holding camp for Jewish Czech families and selected Jewish groups from Germany, Austria, Holland, and Denmark between 1941-1945, and who were later deported to extermination camps in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe.
The Nazi strategy of deception used Terezin as propaganda, promoting it as a typical settlement for European Jews and exaggerating everyday cultural and sporting events while hiding Terezin’s role as a major holding, slave labor, and deportation facility.
The German media, controlled by the Nazis, cynically described Terezin as “Theresienbad” (translated as "Terezin Spa"), where elderly affluent German Jews were encouraged to “retire” in safety, away from the danger of the ongoing war. These people were tricked into paying the Nazis enormous amounts of money for what they believed would be luxurious apartments with a beautiful view and daily care provided by servants.
In reality, they were meant to die from starvation or exposure in the worst possible living conditions of the overcrowded ghetto.
The role of Terezin in the Holocaust was underestimated for a long time. The great Terezin historian and Holocaust survivor H.G. Adler describes Terezin as a “social experiment of Adolf Eichmann” and that its story cannot be compared to any other ghetto or camp.
Pavel Batel and his colleagues are dedicated historians specializing in the role of Terezin in the Holocaust and the Prague Jewish Quarter. Ongoing research involving studying relevant literature, visiting archives, and interviewing survivors is essential to work as a messenger of the past.
Terezin Private Tours team with Mrs Michaela Vidláková (Terezin survivor; representative of Prague Jewish Headquarters)
Terezin small group tours are limited to a maximum of 7 people. The tour typically lasts 6-7 hours (including the 45 minute drive each direction) but can vary depending upon your interest in the subject. Pick up time at your hotel is usually between 9:00-09:30 AM.
59 EUR (or 1600 CZK) is the price per person. All entrance fees are included.
(Families and groups will always receive a discount)
Private tours are available at additional cost. Such a tour has no limitations and is highly individualized to meet your needs and expectations. The price varies depending on the number of participants and time of year. Contact us with the details of your request to receive pricing for your group.