This Day in Jewish History / Jews Arrive at Theresienstadt to Create a Lie

Their job: To build an ersatz 'model town' demonstrating that despite the rumors, the Nazis were treating the Jews well, so nothing need be done on their behalf.

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On November 24, 1941, the first Jewish deportees – a thousand in number – arrived at Theresienstadt, in German-occupied Czechoslovakia, to prepare the Habsburg-era military garrison for service as a...