"Don't Forget Me" - Children's Personal Albums From the Holocaust

"God-willing, you will be one of our best"

Jiri Bader's Bar Mitzvah Album

"Here too you are enveloped in love and friendship.
Remain loyal to your people, even when times are hard…"

These words were written in the album that Jiri Bader's friends made for him on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah, which he celebrated in the Terezin-Theresienstadt ghetto.  The album was illustrated by caricaturist Max Placek, a relative of Jiri's, who came from Jiri's home town of Kyjov, in Czechoslovakia.
In October 1944, Jiri Bader and his father Pavel were deported to Auschwitz, where they were murdered.  Jiri's mother Grete and his sister Vera survived.
Vera Bader donated the album and other artifacts to Yad Vashem.

Click here to read more about Jiri and his family.