Terezín, as it was known in Czech, or Theresienstadt, as it was known in German, was operated by the Nazis between November 1941 – May 1945 as a transit ghetto for Jews before their deportation in the East. Theresienstadt is best known for the Nazi propaganda of the International Red Cross visit, but little is explained of what defined the lives of its 140,000 inmates.
The Last Ghetto offers an analytical history of a prison society during the Holocaust. Gender was one of the most important categories of the inmate society in Terezín.
Prisoners created their own culture and habits, bonded, fell in love, and forged new families. Based on extensive archival research and reading of victim testimonies, The Last Ghetto casts light on human society works in extremis.
Dr Anna Hájková is associate professor of history at the University of Warwick. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and was awarded multiple prizes.