So where was I last week ? My wife and I went to Prague to celebrate our 10 th wedding anniversary that we had last month, it was somewhere we had both wanted to visit and have never been before. We stayed in a nice hotel just on the outskirts of old town, so had plenty of opportunity to explore all the great Architecture that is part of old town. Even the standard buildings have fantastic detail work, but then you have the more elaborate buildings with brass roofs, or gold detailing, and lots of statues, here are some of the pictures we took.
We also found a art exhibit being set up, with some great pieces and interesting vehicles.
While there, we went on a day trip to Terezin, originally built as two fortresses in the 18 th century, and known as the small fortress, and large fortress. It never fulfilled it's original purpose, and later the small fortress was used as a prison, and even held Gavrilo Princip as the glass panel we photographed shows.
In world war 2 the small fortress became a SS prison camp, and the whole of the large fortress, became a propaganda camp for the Jewish community, from here they were then transported by rail, to the more well known concentration camps, or death camps, some were actually sent from the death camps, back to the large fortress, if they proved useful, but not many.
Propaganda films were made here to show that the Jewish community were thriving in this new place for them, but was far from the truth, although never set up as a death camp the mortality rate was extremely high, due to overcrowding, malnutrition, and disease. Here are some of the pictures we took.
What also surprised me was that one of the barracks in the large fortress was set up for Germans that they wanted out of the country, including world war 1 veterans, which had to pay for the privilege but were then treated just as bad as the Jewish community . If you haven't heard of this camp, have a look on google or other search engine, as it was one I knew very little about until visiting. It was an experience that I will always remember.
That's all for this post, so until next time stay safe and have fun !