Theresienstadt: Hitler's gift to the Jews or way station to hell?
|Stewart, James A.
|Presented to the 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 25, 2014.
|Research completed at Liberal Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
|During the Holocaust, over 140,000 Jews were imprisoned in the Theresienstadt/Terezin ghetto. I will demonstrate that the Nazis did not originally intend to create an illusory "model ghetto;" rather, Theresienstadt was always intended to be a significant component of the Final Solution. By examining primary materials in German, particularly documents of the chief implementer of the Final Solution, SS General Reinhard Heydrich, I will show that the Nazis established Theresienstadt/Terezin as a collecting point and transit camp for Jews who were then sent to concentration/death camps (referred to as the "East" by the Nazis). They later called it a Jewish Settlement, exploiting the artistic and musical activities created by the prisoners, thereby creating a propaganda tool to convince the world of their supposedly humane treatment of Jews.
|Graduate School, Academic Affairs, University Libraries
|Metzger-Trier, Nancy. 2014. Theresienstadt: Hitler's Gift to the Jews or Way Station to Hell? -- In Proceedings: 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 48
|Wichita State University. Graduate School
|Wichita State University
|Theresienstadt: Hitler's gift to the Jews or way station to hell?