The Archive collection
In the Archive there are collection of original documents' copies and a collection of photocopied documents, that the originals of which are not in our possession. There are more than 500 files that contain documents needed by researchers, students and teachers for their research, for preparing educational programs and more.
The material - copies of documents from the ghetto era, studies, newspaper articles - is sorted according to subjects, such as : Art, Literature, The Self-Management, Children Paintings, Labor Department, Children Homes, Children and Youth Newspapers, Music and more.
There are also files dedicated to characters, among others : Leo Haas, Karel Fleischmann, Jacob Edelstein, Ruth Bondy and others.
In these files we find biography information, personal testimony, various scripts and newspaper clips. The archive is expanding by tens of files every year, which makes more precise sorting and locating of subjects much easier.
There is a supporting card index wherein all the subjects and names included in the files could be found. There is a plan to convert the card index into a computerized database. An additional card index, painters' index, which includes biography information of each of the painters that his work exists in the collection.
There is a library in the archive with some three thousand items, in Hebrew and other languages, a collection of periodicals, catalogues dealing with art in ghetto Terezin, a collection of about 250 video-tapes and audio-video taped testimonies, collection of students and researchers papers.
The archive has also photocopies of music notes, of musical works of art, composed and performed in the ghetto.
The Museum and the Archives serve as a center and a basis of information to many researches. High school students and others are often coming, seeking in the Beit Terezin's documents assistance for their work. Beit Terezin personnel are ready to extend guidance and assistance to the students and teachers. Researchers dealing with liberal arts and humanities, find in the Beit Terezin archives a basis and inspiration for their research papers.
We plan publication of the new researches, in booklets that will be dedicated to the history of ghetto Terezin, in all its diverse layers.
The archive serves as a focus to creative activity for artists, musicians, theater people and poets. Artists and people of the film industry need the assistance of Beit Terezin, in themes connected with the ghetto, for their researches and preparations of their creations. The lately produced musical "Long Live Life", written by: Jacob Lurie, staged by: Israel Gurion, is a result of joint activity between the artists and the people of Beit Terezin.
Researches were launched during the last few years, initiated by Beit Terezin, on different themes. Confrontations faced in ghetto Terezin by old women, the Humor in the ghetto, Hardships of adolescent ripening under difficult conditions of the ghetto and a research regarding unique characters that acted to the benefit of others.
There is an extensive research conducted these days, locating information on prisoners, in order to accomplish the data in the card index of the deportees.