The project with the 'Girls of Room 28' began with two women and their precious documents. The women are: Anna Hanusová, née Flachová, whom her friends call 'Flaška', and Helga Kinsky, née Pollak. The documents are: Flaška's scrapbook and Helga's Theresienstadt diary.
It was the desire of Helga and Flaška to create something to remember their friends and all beloved who lost their lives in the Holocaust. In 1996 Hannelore Brenner first met those women, and, hearing from their desire, she promised to help their wish comes true.
Helga's authentic Theresienstadt diary written between, 1943 and 1944, conveys an outstanding insight into the life and inner world of a young 12-13-year old girl deported to the ghetto Theresienstadt. And it gives a detailled picture of the everyday-lifte of the children of Room 28, Girls Home L 410 in Theresienstadt, also of extraordinary events in the ghetto, such as the transports to the East.
The projects began also with the children's opera Brundibár by Hans Krása and Adolf Hoffmeister. In 1996, peparing a radio documentary about the opera's history, I started to look for survivors, visited Ela Weissberger in the USA and soon after, in September 1996, met with some her friends from Room 28 in Prague. This encounter marks the beginning of the Room 28 Projects.
The radio documentary, first produced by 'Sender Freies Berlin' in 1997, then by the Austrian Radio in Vienna was published by the Label EDA and is still available. It contains the recollections of Theresienstadt survivors. More information via EDA here.
In 1996 Helga, Flaška and Hannelore Brenner made common cause. Survivors of Room 28 joined : Judith, Handa, Hanka, Ela, Vera, Evelina, Marta. In 1998 they all met for the first time in Spindleruv Mlyn/Czech Mountains - to be together and to work together in order to create something to commemorate their friends and beloved who did not survive the Holocaust
These meetings developed to a cherished tradition. In 2004 the book, the exhibition and the theatre-play were ready to tell the story of the "Girls of Room 28".
In 2005 Room 28 Projects was founded to promote the cause of Room 28.