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“DARK ARTS.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Magdeburska Kasarna ("Magdeburg Barracks")

Magdeburska Kasarna ("Magdeburg Barracks")
Hlavni Pevnost, Terezin, Czech Republic
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Ranked #6 of 7 things to do in Terezin
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“DARK ARTS.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Saw All the Sites of Terezin. The Magdeburg Ex Army Barracks. Found the Most Interesting. Art, which Flourished in The Dark Times at the Ghetto. Music, Composers, Paval Haas, & Gideon Klein. The Opera, " Flasinetar Brundibar ". Cartoonist, Bedrich Fritta. The Drawing of Peter Ginz. All Very Good. The Jewish Prayer Room & The Attic. Round the Corner. Are a Must See Too. So Much to Take in. You Need a Full Day. You Can Make Your Own Way by Bus. But to get a lot from it. I Payed for a Private Tour. Used Praga Caput Regni. Very Knowledgeable. Done at a Relaxed Pace. Would Recommend. Terezin is Somewhere Everybody Should Visit. To Educate, and Make Sure this Never Happens Again. May All Those Who Perished. Rest in Peace.

Visited August 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Humbling testimony to the human spirit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

The Magdburg barracks houses a museum dedicated to the cultural life that thrived in the ghetto.144,000 Jews were sent to Theresienstadt-88,000 of those were were deported to Auschwitz and other extermination camps. Despite the appalling living conditions( viewers can see a reconstruction of the the attic living quarters were thousands of Jews were forced to live) and the disease , hunger , terror and constant deportations to the " east", it is remarkable that the Nazis could not crush the human spirit. The arts flourished in this ghetto.Operas and plays were performed , music was written, and artists painted and sketched , recording both the horrors of the ghetto and the inherent beauty of the world which ghetto walls could not taint. Almost all of the artists, musicians ,writers , actors etc who are mentioned in the museum were murdered by the Nazis. A visit to this museum elicits many emotions- from wonder that under such circumstances art was still possible, to anger that these people were subjected to such radical hatred which did not see them as human beings but as objects to be slaughtered, to a profound feeling of sorrow and loss- if this is the work these artists created in Terezin, what more could they have given the world if they hadn't been murdered ?

Plan on spending at least and hour or two in the museum .

Visited December 2012
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Irving, Texas
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“Tears”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

This museum is an amazing reminder of what Jewish people had to struggle through. Please take time to read all the little notes that have been left behind and look at the art work from the children.

Visited November 2011
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“Moving museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

This museum, in a former barracks, details what life was like for the people imprisoned in Terezin. It has examples of the vibrant cultural life that flourished in Terezin, which included literature, music and drama. The pictures drawn by children are particularly heartbreaking, even the happy ones, as we know that most of them did not survive.

Visited July 2012
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“Surprised to find so much of the Arts alive in Terezin”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Very interesting and unexpected to learn about the Arts that managed to exist, despite the horrible conditions in Terezin. The barracks had a number of displays dedicated to the talented residents of Terezin, and also of the arts of the children that lived there, and those that instructed them.
This building was included in our combo ticket purchased at the Fortress, as well as the Ghetto Museum, a five minute walk away. From the Fortress, I would allow 10-15 minutes to get to the Ghetto Museum, and then another 5 minutes to the Barracks. From there, you can continue on to the Crematorium. We did not encounter ANY options other than walking, so be sure all in your group are capable, or consider a private tour with transportation between sites.

Visited March 2012
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