“Escaping Their Boundaries: The Children of Theresienstadt”

More than 12,000 children passed through the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia on their way to various concentration camps during the Holocaust. About 90 percent of them would go on to perish at the hands of the Nazis. Still, as the Holocaust Museum Houston’s new exhibition “Escaping Their Boundaries: The Children of Theresienstadt” shows, they did manage to have brief moments of normalcy, courtesy of a group of adults who provided them with toys and games. The exhibition includes 40 objects, including collages, drawings, diaries, magazines, games and marionettes used or made by children of the ghetto (where 50,000 people were crammed into quarters meant for 7,000). While many of the never-before-seen drawings and diaries show the children were aware of the horrors surrounding them, hope and happiness can be glimpsed as well. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through August 31. 5401 Caroline. For information, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org. Free.
Feb. 21-Sept. 28, 2008
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