Since 2004,survivors of the Holocaust who once lived together in Room 28 of Girls’ Home L 410, in Theresienstadt Ghetto, have been giving living testimony of their childhood experiences, sharing their sad recollections, but also their values and hopes with the younger generation. Today only few of these girls, born 1930, can still do so. However, their story is documented in the book and the exhibition “The Girls of Room 28”, in Helga Pollak-Kinsky's Theresienstadt Diary (published 2014) and in other media. The brochure "Theresienstadt. The Girls of Room 28. Compendium 2017. Room 28 Educational Project" informs about this project, which began in 1996 and is still growing.
It is the major mission of the non-profit-organization Room 28 to tell their story and keep the memory of the survivors alive. Room 28 e.V. was founded in 2007 in order to get the support needed to fulfill our mission:save the legacy of these girls, give it a voice and a shape and share it with younger generations.
The fate of these girls is captured in the microcosm of “Room 28”. However, this place in the midst of misery also sheds light on the cultural achievements of the Ghetto inmates and on the educational efforts of the many adults who took care of the children. This is why the legacy of these girls also embraces the artistic and spiritual heritage and is a shining example of the power of art, culture, creativity and humanity in an inhuman time; and this brings us right into the middle of today.
For all these reasons we want to keep the story alive, for the sake of our children and for the sake of a better future.
In order to reach our goal, we plan the following three steps on our way to become a strong organization:
- production of an updated and expanded version of the exhibition;
- development of the teaching material as presented in the Compendium 2017;
- setting up a team for the organization of the exhibition and for the educational mediation.
In the last 12 years the exhibition was shown in more than 60 places in Germany and in other countries. In 2008 it was on display in the German Parliament, in 2013 in Brussels at the European Commission and in 2014 in Geneva at the United Nations. In May 2014 a newly designed exhibition was realized in Brazil and shown, with great success, in prominent places all over the country.
Thousands of visitors have seen the exhibition until today. Many who have met the survivors of Room 28 remember them vividly. Their story has inspired final papers in schools and universities and activities in the cultural field.
Room 28 e.V. wants to grow into an active sponsoring association and become a strong supportng partner for the Room 28 Projects. It is our aim to develop the exhibition and the educational project and to help continue the work of the author, something which has become a life-task for her and a major mission for our organization.
Help us to lead Room 28, this “germ of humanity" into the future.