Children’s Drawings from the Terezín Ghetto

We generally like to post beautiful and interesting images. This post is different.

While in Prague this April, we toured several of the synagogues near our AirBnB. One was the Pinkas Synagogue which includes an exhibit of art made by Jewish children who were incarcerated in the Terezín ghetto during the Second World War. The ghetto was used for propaganda to convince international observers, such as the Red Cross, that German treatment of the Jews was humane. The children were props and almost all were murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau after being put on display to show how well they were being treated.

We found the exhibit to be emotionally challenging. Many visitors were in tears. We looked at every piece of work and were heartsick.




Enjoying the Sand of Fort Kochi Beach

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo’s! Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand.

This mother and her children are enjoying the sandy Fort Kochi Beach in the South India state of Kerala. Just after 5 pm, the wind was blowing alternately hot and cool from the Arabian Sea onto the beach.

This photo was taken on March 17, 2013. Specs are:

Olympus TG-1, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/500 sec, 18 mm.


Left in the dust in Bagan

These Burmese children in Bagan have decided to run to the left side of the divide in the road, while the women are headed for the right side.


Trivia: Myanmar switched from driving on the left side of the road to the right side in 1970. The vast majority of car owners in Myanmar own used right-hand drive cars imported from Japan, which drives on the left side of the road. We could not determine which side of the road was correct for pedestrians, although the driver of a right-hand drive car could be better able to see a pedestrian on the right side of the road. We saw pedestrians using both sides of the road (and the middle).

This photo was taken on February 8, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 1600, f/8.0, 1/1250 sec, 33 mm

Yes No – Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: March 26, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: March 26, 2017.

Yes No

This photo was taken in the schoolyard of a preschool in Ta Van, near Sa Pa, Vietnam. After a simple breakfast in their classroom, the children were lining up for early morning exercises led by their teacher. The little girl whose shoes say “Yes” and “No” cannot speak or read English or Vietnamese; she speaks only her local dialect. She is quite color coordinated (for someone under six years old) and her socks match each other, unlike those of the children around her. The most popular shoes we saw in the area, worn by all ages, are the tan slip-ons.