As Meninas do Quarto 28 The Girls of Room 28, Theresienstadt
As Meninas do Quarto 28The Girls of Room 28, Theresienstadt

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The Girls of Room 28 Theresienstadt

How it all begun

Holocaust Victims, Helga Flaška Room 28, Memorial WW2 Anna Hanusová (1930-2014) and Helga Kinsky (*1930)

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.

Terezin diary, Helga Pollak, Ghetto Theresienstadt Helga Pollak's Terezin diary

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.

Anna Hanusová, Scrapbook Flaška, Ruth Schächter Page of Flaška's scrapbook

Flaška`s scrap-book contains quotes and pictures of children of Room 28, of girls who were her good friends once, girls who lived with her until they were deported  to the East. Some of the entrances are the last signs of life of children, who were killed in the gas-ovens of Auschwitz. 

Children´s Opera Brundibár, Hans Krása, Beginning Room 28 Brundibár poster © Pamatnik Terezin

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.

CD with radio-documentary

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.

Karen Zolko introduces the exhibition in Recife:

Leya. Sao Paulo

This Website informs about Room 28 Projects based in Germany and its partner organization Room 28 Projects - Brasil.

Karen Zolko presents the exhibition. Film on  Hebraica News na TV

made in Porto Alegre, 24.10.2015

Room 28 Projects encompasses further branches presented on different websites:

The Diary of Helga Pollak


Representative of the Zwockhaus: Hannelore Brenner.

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