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

Room 28 Projects


Two women and their precious documents

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: Anna Hanusová, née Flachová, whom her friends call 'Flaška', and Helga Pollak-Kinsky.

The documents are: the scrapbook of Anna Hanusová, née Flachová (nicknamed Flaška) and the Theresienstadt diary of Helga Kinsky, née Pollak.

Terezin diary of Helga Pollak

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

The authentic Theresienstadt diary written by Helga Pollak between 1943 and 1944 conveys an outstanding insight into the life and inner world of a young 12-13-year old girl that was deported to the Ghetto Theresienstadt. It gives a detailled picture about the life and the fate of the children in Room 28, Girls Home L 410 and about  extraordinary events in the Ghetto. The Terezin Diary of Helga Pollak became the heart and red thread of the book The Girls of Room 28.

In 2014, the complete diary of Helga Pollak along with the notes of her father Otto Pollak was published and edited by Hannelore Brenner.

A new branch of Room 28 Projects started: Edition Room 28.



In 2019 Albatros Media Prague published the book in the Czech language and thus gave the chance to read the diary in the original language. Helga, although born in Vienna where she lived till she was 8 years old,  had been brought by her parents   to live with their Czech family in Kyjov since 1938. So she started to learn Czech.

Terezin Diary of Helga Pollak

Compendium 2017 Helgas Diary.pdf
PDF-Dokument [1.6 MB]

Scrapbook of Anna Flachová

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

Flaška`s scrap-book contains quotes and pictures of children of girls who were her good friends. Some of the entrances are the last signs of life of children, who sent to Auschwitz where they were murdered.

A story related to Burndibar

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

The project with survivors of Room 28 began also with the children's opera Brundibár by Hans Krása and Adolf Hoffmeister.


The radio documentary

Brundibár und die Kinder von Theresienstadt/ Brundibár and the Children of Theresienstadt, produced by the Austrian Radio in Vienna, was published by the label EDA and is still availalbe. Click: here.


Room 28 Educational Project

The Compendium to the Room 28 Educational Project is created to give an overview of a project which started more than 20 years ago. On 124 pages you learn about the beginning, the motives and aims,  about the book and the exhibition and the impact of our project. 

The brochure includes exemplary teaching material as well as essays on the educuational value by distinguished experts related to the project.

The newst piblication is the  Czech version of the Compendium. 


Update: 10 April 2020

Rights: Albatros, Prague

A new Czech edition will be published in 2020 by Albatros Media, Prague.

Rights: Swiat Ksiaski, Warsaw

A new Polish edition will be published in 2020 by  Swiat Ksiaski, Warsaw.

Available book-rights

English, Portugues and other book rights available

Book-rights: Hannelore Brenner

Portuguese book-rights available

Book-rights: Hannelore Brenner

Learn all about Room 28 Projects and the Educational Project in the above Compendium. 

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