Statistical Analyses of Theresienstadt Prisoners

Examples and Future Possibilities


  • Stěpán Jurajda CERGE-EI
  • Tomáš Jelínek Moravian Business College Olomouc



Survival, Holocaust, Theresienstadt, Quantitative analysis


This article uses a near-complete database of prisoners in the Theresienstadt Ghetto to provide statistical comparisons of death risks according to country of residence and gender, conditional on age, social status proxies, and the timing of the prisoners’ arrival in the ghetto. We also estimate conditional Holocaust survival differences for Theresienstadt prisoners on transports to Auschwitz. Our aim is to complement the existing historical research on Theresienstadt and to illustrate the possibilities of statistical analysis of the Holocaust in the present-day Czech Republic. To this end, we also discuss other available data.

Author Biographies

Stěpán Jurajda, CERGE-EI

Štěpán Jurajda is a full professor of economics at CERGE-EI, the joint workplace of Charles University and of the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Politickych veznu 7, Prague, Czech Republic. His main expertise is in empirical labor economics. He served as member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Labour Economists and, currently, he is a member of the Research, Development and Innovation Council of the Government of the Czech Republic and a member of the National Economic Council of the Government of the Czech Republic. Other than his research in labor economics, he has also studied inter-generational transmission of nationalist values in Croatia as a mechanism generating a link between the Second World War there and Croatia’s 1991–1995 war for independence. He has held fellowships at the University of Princeton and at the European University Institute.


Tomáš Jelínek, Moravian Business College Olomouc

Tomáš Jelínek is a senior researcher at the Moravian Business College Olomouc. He focuses on modern Jewish history in the Czech lands and economic aspects of the Holocaust. As Czech civil servant, he participated in the Nazi victims compensation negotiations in 1990s. He published a book Insurance Companies in the Service of the Swastika and promotes the use of econometric models on Holocaust era data. Recently he received a grant from The Endowment of Josef, Marie, and Zdeňka Hlávka to write a study on Jewish entrepreneurs in Czech lands before the World War II.





How to Cite

Jurajda, Stěpán, and Tomáš Jelínek. 2021. “Statistical Analyses of Theresienstadt Prisoners: Examples and Future Possibilities”. S: I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. 8 (2):58-71.