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Postcards from Theresienstadt

In 1943 and 1944 Otto Weidt, helped by several friends, sent over 100 food parcels to his employees imprisoned in Theresienstadt Ghetto and to their relatives and friends. This helped them to survive.

Theresienstadt Ghetto, around 60 kilometers north of Prague, was depicted in Nazi propaganda as an “old-age rest home” for Jews. But the real conditions in the ghetto — starvation, sickness, and death — were no different to those in the concentration camps.

For the prisoners in Theresienstadt, mail was the only means of contact with the outside world. They were allowed to write censored postcards and to thank people for parcels on a printed “receipt card.” Sometimes prisoners managed to draw attention to their plight by covert hints. Georg Licht, for example, addressed a card to “Otto Weidt, Potato Wholesaler,” and Alice Licht wrote her name as sender, “Alice Licht, née Worry.”

All the former employees from the Workshop for the Blind were deported from Theresienstadt to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Only Alice Licht survived.

 

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Postcard from Alice Licht to the Workshop for the Blind
Postcard from Alice Licht to the Workshop for the Blind