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.
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.
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.
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
A new Czech edition will be published in 2020 by Albatros Media, Prague.
A new Polish edition will be published in 2020 by Swiat Ksiaski, Warsaw.
English, Portugues and other book rights available
Portuguese book-rights available
Learn all about Room 28 Projects and the Educational Project in the above Compendium.
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