Petr Ginz

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Peter Ginz.

Petr Ginz (1 February 1928 – 28 September 1944) was a Czechoslovak boy of partial Jewish background who was deported to the Theresienstadt Ghetto (known as Terezín, in Czech) during the Holocaust. He was murdered at the age of sixteen when he was transferred to Auschwitz concentration camp and gassed to death upon arrival. His diary was published after his death.

The breadth of his interests, abilities, and character are shown by his remaining writings and by the testimonials of friends who survived. He was interested in literature, history, paintings, geography, sociology, and the technical fields. Petr Ginz was editor-in-chief of The magazine Vedem was published every Friday for two years at Theresienstadt.

Between the ages of 8 and 14 he wrote five novels including From Prague to China, The Wizard from Altay Mountains, Around the World in One Second and A Visit from Prehistory. The latter being the only surviving novel.

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