Social Justice Stories

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The Underground Reporters takes place in Budejovice, a town south of Prague. Prague is the capital city of Czechoslovakia, now called the Czech Republic, a country in Central Europe. Budejovice had a population of 50,000 people, including 1,000 Jewish residents who lived in harmony with their community. That all changed when the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. Soon after, members of the Jewish community were targeted, banned from public places and forced to wear the Star of David - a Jewish symbol - sewn onto their clothing to identify themselves as Jews to everyone who saw them. In 1942, the Nazis began deporting Jews to Theresienstadt (Terezin), a ghetto located outside of Prague. The ghetto was home to many famous artists, musicians, performers, mathematicians, and historians, many of whom set up secret schools to teach the children imprisoned in the ghetto. By the end of the war, most of the Jewish prisoners of Theresienstadt were sent to Auschwitz, a Polish concentration camp, where the majority were murdered.