A National Jewish Book Award Winner
Prepared and selected by Marie Rut Krizkova, Kurt Jiri Kotouc, and Zdenek Ornest. Translated from the Czech by R. Elizabeth Novak
From 1942 to 1944 Jewish boys imprisoned at the model concentration camp Theresienstad secretly produced a weekly magazine called Vedem (In the Lead). It contained essays, interviews, poems, and artwork written behind the blackout shades of their cellblock. The material was saved by one boy who survived the Holocaust but was suppressed for 50 years in Czechoslovakia. It provides a poignant glimpse at the world of boys whose lives were turned upside down: separated from their families and ultimately, for the majority, killed. Includes black and white photographs, and color and black and white illustrations.
Marie Rut Krizkova is a member of the Society of Christians and Jews, founded in Czechoslovakia in March 1991. Kurt Jiri Kotouc, a Terezin survivor, founded the Terezin Initiative, an organization to memorialize the events of the ghetto. He died in 2008. Zdenek Ornest (1929-90), one of the handful of Terezin survivors from cellblock 1, wrote prolifically in Vedem, especially poetry. Vaclav Havel (1936-2011) was a playwright, essayist, poet, dissident, and politician who served as the president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic from 1989 until 2003.
Foreword How This Book Came to Be Written Terezin Long Live the Republic of Shkid One of Us Life and Death The Boys from Home One, House L 417 Epilogue Editor's Note Acknowledgments