About us

The Terezín Initiative Institute is a non-profit organisation that originates from the Terezín Initiative Foundation (Nadace Terezínská iniciativa) that was founded in 1993 by an international association of former prisoners of the Terezín ghetto - the Terezín Initiative.

The aim of the Institute is to pursue and support research of the history of the “final solution” in Bohemia and Moravia and the history of Terezín ghetto, and to present the results to a broader public. The Institute, along with other organizations, wants to make Terezín a place of encounter and discussion between people of different generations and nationalities, and political, philosophical and religious beliefs.
A short overview of our projects:
- the educational website holocaust.cz
- the Database of Holocaust Victims from the Czech Lands and Europe that had been imprisoned in Terezín ghetto – available on holocaust.cz
- publications focused on Holocaust-Shoa and other topics (Terezín Memorial Books, yearbook Terezín Studies and Documents, etc.)
- a public library focused on Holocaust-Shoa, anti-Semitism and racism
- educational projects and organisation of the educational workshops and conferences for teachers and students
In 2012, we received the accreditation as an educational institution from the Ministry of education, youth and sports.
We cooperate with various other institutions in the Czech Republic, in Europe, the USA, and Israel. Have a look at our list of partners.

12. 4. 2024

It includes an invitation to Yom HaShoah in Prague and other cities in the Czech Republic, an article on the 30th anniversary of ITI and information about our many activities:

  1. Commemoration at Auschwitz-Birkenau

  2. The MemoMap exhibition: History of the Holocaust in Prague

  3. International cooperation
  1. Anne Frank Youth Network
  2. MemoGIS Workshop
  3. Austrian Traces in Terezín
9. 4. 2024

This year's 19th annual public reading of the names of Holocaust victims, "Yom HaShoah", will take place on 6 May 2024. The names of victims of Nazi persecution will be read in 31 cities across the Czech Republic, commemorating the fate of those who were murdered during the Second World War.

22. 3. 2024

About a month ago, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Terezín Initiative Institute at the invitation of Austrian Ambassador Bettina Kirnbauer. Till Janzer from Radio Prague International also reported on the event. You can read or listen to the article under the following link (only in German).

21. 3. 2024

We would like to invite you to an educational workshop called "Art Against Death", which we are organizing. This workshop will take place on April 13, 2024 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm in Prague.

15. 3. 2024

The latest Anne Frank Youth Network action project is complete!

9. 3. 2024
On Friday, 8 March, we held a commemorative act in the BIIb section of the former concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where the so-called Terezín Family Camp was located, to honor the memory of the people who were murdered on the night of 8 to 9 March 1944. In addition to the director of the Terezín Initiative Institute, Tomáš Kraus, the event was attended by the director of the Terezín Memorial, Jan Roubínek, the director of Beit Terezín (Israel), Tami Kinberg, the chairwoman of the board of the Terezín Initiative Institute, Michaela Rozov, and on behalf of the Jewish Museum in Prague, Jana Šplíchalová.
We would also like to thank the Auschwitz Memorial for its patronage and, last but not least, all the participants for joining us in honouring their memory.
7. 3. 2024

In September 1943, five thousand Jews from the so-called Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia were transported from the Terezín concentration camp to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in two transports for reasons that have not yet been made clear.