You state that I was “one of the 15,000 children sent to the Terezin camp in Czechoslovakia. Barely 100 lived to tell the tale” (September 5). This and similar widely repeated figures differ strikingly from those quoted by Yad Vashem and the Terezín Initiative Institute in the Czech Republic. The former reported that 7,700 children were sent to Theresienstadt and 1,234 survived, whilst the latter reports that 10,500 were sent there and 2,300 survived.
Since becoming aware of this problem, I have not used figures of this kind without indicating the disagreements.
In Holocaust education as in other education, we have a duty to base statements on acceptable academic standards. Holocaust-deniers will seize on lapses. Given the circumstances in which early accounts were written, it is not surprising that good academic standards were not always achieved. In present-day conditions they should be. Martin Stern Oadby, Leicester LE2