Letters | | March 18, 2004
TO avoid the increasingly frequent
accusation that world Jewry exaggerates the Holocaust,
unsupportable claims and statements must be carefully
avoided. I am a survivor of the Sachsenhausen
Concentration Camp and I lost both my parents, one in
Theresienstadt and one in Auschwitz.
There were no gassings or mass shootings at Terezin
(Theresienstadt), and there is no record of a slaughter
of 15,000 children there, as stated in the article on
Jakie Young by David Silverberg
("11-year-old wunderkind to tour E. Europe with Ontario
Terezin," CJN, Feb. 19). Theresienstadt was an
organized ghetto and not an extermination camp.
Many people died, including many children, but most of
them died due to severe deprivation, hunger and typhus.
Correct records are available from the Theresienstadt
Martyrs Remembrance Association in Israel, at the Yad
Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem or at the U.S.
Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.