Pigs to be removed from former Nazi detention camp in Czech Republic

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A Roma woman carries Roma flag during an international commemorations of the Samudaripen (the Romani genocide) outside the pig farm in Lety, Czech Republic, 24 June 2017.

Pigs to be removed from former Nazi detention camp in Czech Republic


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Czech Minister for Human Rights Jan Chvojka has announced the government’s approval for the purchase of pig farm that is located at a former Nazi internment camp. The Roma in Lety, south Bohemia, are relieved.

As reported by the Czech News Agency (CTK), people from the Roma community have been waiting for the purchase and planned removal of the pig farm for a long time.

“We consider the purchase as the righting of old wrongs,” said Museum of Romani Culture head, Jana Horvathova.

The Museum of Romani Culture, seated in Brno and supervised by the culture ministry, is the body that may administer the site of the former camp.

Karel Holomek, head of the Roma Community in Moravia, said the place in Lety should have a commemorative character.

The European Parliament, as well as other international organisations, had repeatedly called on the Czech Republic to remove the farm from the commemorative site, where 1,308 Roma men, women and children were interned in 1943. More than 300 of them died in the camp and over 500 were sent to the extermination camp in Auschwitz where most of them died.

According to estimates, the Nazis exterminated 90% of Czech Roma people.

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