The Train to Freedom


In February 1945, 1200 prisoners of the Theresienstadt concentration camp were snatched away from the Holocaust’s annihilation. They travelled by train to freedom

Bauschwitz – Leitmeric – Eger – Augsburg – Ulm – Friedrichshafen – St.Fiden – St.Gallen.

They reached Switzerland in the early morning of 7 February 1945.

Rescued were:
636 Germans and Austrians
434 Dutch
103 Czechs

They owe their rescue to the initiative of private individuals.

The initiators are the Mamlock Foundation and the University of Teacher Education St Gallen. We work with a total of three academic partners:

First of all, the historical background will be worked out in depth on the basis of source material in the three countries. The aim is to reach a broad public and especially schoolchildren. The results will be made available to the public on a website. Local places of remembrance and exhibitions will be created in Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The development of didactic materials for teaching in the three countries is an important component of the four-year project.