Archive for June, 2012

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012

…We strive to share all sorts of helpful (or not) information – so here’s a piece of the latest news from the Czech Republic!  Yes, you’re welcome.


Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

On Monday, 11 June, IBTS hosted very special event and received very special guests.

Many of you know that Jenerálka Chateau was used by Prague Gestapo during World War II., and among other functions, they used this place to intern 46 children of parents arrested or killed after the Reinhard Heydrich assassination. These kids, aged 2 – 16 years, spent nearly 2 years here at Jenerálka.

On Monday, a tablet commemorating stories of these kids was officially unveiled, with some of the „children“ actually present. They are now in their seventies or even eighties, but they were very excited about the chance to see the place of their childhood again. We went for a little tour and it brought up so many memories… What we know as the Library, they remember as dinning hall where they played theatre and repaired their worn socks and clothes again and again. Where we have classrooms and offices, they had rooms where five or more of them slept, older taking care of younger. They only had cold water, they experienced mice and lice, they could not attend a school. But they also recalled the fun they had here, being a group of kids … Jumping on their straw-mattresses until the room was so full of dust they could not see each other. Laughing when creating impossible virtual punishments for their German governess. And the theatre… all of them, even those who were 3 by that time, can remember the great performing skills of their friends.

It was such a pleasure to have these people here, to listen to their stories and to remind ourselves of history of the area. And it is very important that the authorities finally decided to place a memorial here, to make sure that the stories will not be forgotten.

The tablet has been installed to X building, have a look next time you pass.

– Katka Krnáčová

Many people came to watch this special event

The Prague 6 mayor, Terezin Memorial representative and 3 of the 'children' are unveiling the tablet

The laying of wreaths

Beginning of the tour

In the 'dining hall'

Field Trip

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Well, usually our field trips are to places like Mikulov or Sobotiste where we have the Anabaptist House – but this one was to a little place near Melnik where our four goats now reside. A couple of months ago, we took a somewhat sad decision that our four friends will be better off among other similar friends, which was what this little family zoo was offering. Our ‘goat house’ at IBTS is now inhabbited by five hens and a rooster, with a very excited campus steward Vladko Parushev ‘supervising’ their life (and community enjoying fresh eggs!) – will post some photos of that (or if you have some, do send them our way!), but here are some shots from our field trip. (The four goats recognised us!! Came to the fence as soon as we arrived, while other goats showed no interest until food was produced – when we got lots of interest suddenly!)

And this is 'Fossil', aka 'Gloria'!


And yes, that's our Abigail!

'The delegation' at the zoo where our goats now reside