Cycling Through Jewish Europe

by Michael Lyon On an overcast late summer day, we were cycling north of Prague along the Elbe River, on the way to Hamburg, when we rolled into the ghostly former Terezin concentration camp.  The Germans had established the camp in an old fortress and prison, and had intended it initially as a demonstration for the Red Cross and others about the reasonable treatment of the Jews. We rode around the quiet camp, and parked our bikes so we could tour the museum, barracks, crematorium and cemetery. Only a day before we had been in splendid Prague with its rich Jewish history, synagogues and museums—and had just cycled along a route that mirrored the path and pace of the deportation trains used by the Nazis so many decades ago. Now we saw where many of those...

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