Although there were no gas chambers in Terezin, crematoria were built to manage the overwhelming number of deaths that occurred there.
Approximately 25,000 prisoners were cremated in Terezin. Their ashes were deposited in cardboard urns and kept until 1944 when the Nazis ordered the urns to be emptied into the river Ohře.
The painted boxes are meant to remind us of those cardboard urns into which the ashes of women, children and men were stored in disposable containers until they were thrown in the river.
My mother was part of the human chain forced to empty the urns into the river Ohře…