The Train to Freedom – an International Research and Public History Project
On February 5, 1945, 1,200 Jews from the Theresienstadt Ghetto boarded a “Train to Freedom” that rescued them from the Holocaust. The journey took them to St. Gallen (Switzerland) and to what was then the Hadwig school building and now is part of the St. Gallen University of Teacher Education (PHSG).
Little is known about this liberation and the later lives of the passengers coming from Germany (incl. Austria), the Netherlands and Czechoslovakia, nor is this anchored in the regional, national, and international/transnational cultures of remembrance.
We want to change this: on the initiative of the Berlin-based Mamlock Foundation and the PHSG and in cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin and the Charles University in Prague, this research and public history project was launched. In times of rising antisemitism, the project sets an example against forgetting the Holocaust and for fostering tolerance.