UNIVERSITY OVER THE ABYSS


Some years ago, I had the honor of participating, as text editor, in a Holocaust research project that focused on the extraordinary cultural developments in the Terezín ghetto.  The Nazis used Terezín, a walled fortress town in what today is the Czech Republic, as a propaganda tool to convince the world that they were treating Jews humanely.  (In fact, Terezín was a major collection point for Jews who were destined to be transported “to the East,” namely Auschwitz.)

The project resulted in a remarkable book called University Over the Abyss by Elena and Sergei Makarov and Viktor Kuperman. This work details the (mostly illegal) artistic, cultural and educational activities in Terezín and provides as much information as is available (often little more than a name) about the people who had taken part it in.

As their website shows, the Makarovs continue to document the plight of Eastern European Jews during the Holocaust to ensure that those whose fates are known are not forgotten, and that the fates of those already forgotten and those never before known emerge into the light of day.

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About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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