The Tragic Anniversary of Talerhof

TALERHOF Interniertenlager Grensgevangenis, Concentratiekamp 100 jaar geleden Katholicisme tegen Russisch-Orthodox


Original article
Translation: ValLisitsa
Editor: S. Naylor

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

It is a hundred years since the very first concentration camp was created—in Galicia, intended for Russians and Eastern Orthodox believers.

September 4, 2014 marks a hundred years since the tragedy of the concentration camps Talerhof [Thalerhof] and Terezin [Theresienstadt], where tens of thousands of victims met their violent end, martyred for their Orthodox faith, for the refusal to betray their beliefs, for the refusal to call themselves Ukrainian.

The Year 2014—foreboding and violent as it was—coincides in a very symbolical way with two tragic anniversaries in our history; a hundred years since the beginning of WWI, and a hundred years since the blood of martyrs was spilled in the concentration camps of Talerhof and Terezin. Yes, September 4, 1914¹, when the Hell’s gates of Talerhof opened…

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