Then on Thursday we took another trip from Dresden to Terezin, a town used as a Jewish Ghetto during WW2 and the holocaust. What I felt during the tour of this was, though it is part of the Holocaust and the ghettos of that time period were horrible places, compared to everything I had learned in history classes during my schooling and the focus on concentration/death camps of the holocaust, this ghetto felt a little happier and had a little more hope than those other places. Now I'm not saying "oh the ghetto was the place to be and it was wonderful and happy!" I agree and understand that the living conditions in these ghettos were horrendous and that many died in them simply due to those conditions and not from being put into gas chambers. But they had chances to live to an extent here. They were able to write and perform plays. They could receive packages from family and friends outside the camp. It gave a small spark of hope in one of the darkest times of human history. But while walking through that town, now inhabited by some 6,000 people or so, the sadness and despair from many years ago still lingered. There was a ghost town feeling to it, with very few people traversing the streets. The town felt almost empty, and many of the buildings were preserved or were modeled to look like the buildings of the ghetto time. It was like the city had been kept in this time bubble. It was quite an experience to be there, and I was happy to go.
Now it's time to stay in Berlin for the next few days and enjoy the city again!