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‘Theater is life and life is theater, and hence it is eternal as life itself’. This Dr. Oesterreicher, ex-director of Viennese theaters, wrote in his friend’s album. We can add: theater is also as elusive as life. In the years of World War II, of about 150,000 Jews interned in the ghetto-camp of Terezin, only about 32,000 remained alive. And of 621 performances, only a 2.5-minute  film was preserved. Nonetheless, many texts, drawings and songs survived.

Our site is devoted to Terezin theater. This is ‘live reporting’ from the boards of this unparalleled prison town where the high illusion of acting prevailed over the fatal ‘prose of survival’.




In that pitch darkness, poetry was living. We read verses to each other, the world of imagination was saving us. It was our world, and the other, real one, in these minutes went far away. Alas, not so far… Nobody was normal, neither we, nor our public, let alone the time and place of the happening. In this situation theater gained a different, extraordinary dimension. Culture became the limit of our existence, the world of the highest freedom that we could ever reach.

Jan Fischer, actor in Terezin, theater director

…People were dying, transports were departing… if an actor didn't turn up for a rehearsal, he was gone… But whatever we were doing, we were stubbornly connecting it with some happy future. Reality and theater were completely different things. It was impossible to write and stage a tragedy there…

Ludek Eliash, actor in Terezin, theater director

On the theater boards of Terezin, all genres were present; however, the backbone of the repertoire was drama and satire. Czech and German troupes treated classics differently. The Czech theater tended to the avant-garde style although its productions were not always professional, due to inexperienced young actors. The Germans preferred more traditional but also more professional art.

Among numerous plays, there were several, remembered by anyone who survived, namely, The Bartered Bride, Long Live Life!, Brundibar and finally, Marriage, produced by Gustav Schorsch. V.K.


Gonda Redlich Great Shadow

Jean Cocteau The Man’s Voice

Anton Chekhov Marriage, The Bear

Zdenek Jelinek A Comedy About a Trap

Jiri Wolker The Grave

Karel Erben Flowers

Petr Kien Puppets

Fritz Langer A Camel Passes through
the Eye of a Needle

Karel Capek Fatal Game of Love;

 Francois Villon, The Killed, Georges Dandin

Nikolay Gogol Marriage


Total      .... 220

Revues and Cabarets

Mixed Pages

Theater After Search

All Is Going

Ghetto As It Is

Prince Lie-Abed

Long Live Life!

All The Same But Different

Laugh With Us

Total          .... 182

Performances for Children


Great Jirka’s Discovery

Fairy Tale About a Drop of Water


Horse In Flowers

Total         .... 72

Puppet Theater

Enchanted Violin


Total    ..... 18

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