Archeological research confirms most of former concentration camp at Lety is on pig farm land
Archeological research is being carried out at the site of the former concentration camp at Lety u Písku aiming to precisely locate the former camp and find any eventual artefacts from the time of its operation. The research has been carried out on just a small part of the camp because the vast majority of its area is located on the grounds of the pig farm owned by the AGPI company.
The farm did not allow the researchers to access their land and blocked the opportunity for them to carry out their research there. The video reportage above by František Bikár and Tereza Heková was made right at the research site.
"The research began in the autumn... We began with so-called non-destructive or non-invasive research," lead researcher Pavel Vařeka from the Archeology Department at the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň told news server Romea.cz.
"We did a detailed surface survey of the entire camp and its surroundings. I must emphasize that we have not yet surveyed the biggest part because we did not access the pig farm. We contacted the firm’s management and they told us it is not possible to go there, the firm has some reasons for that, so we are staying on the other side of the fence," the researcher explained.
"When we accumulated all the information, we realized the entire camp was oriented a bit differently towards the west.. and towards the north ... where the forest is," he said. The camp extended at least 20 meters into a meadow now owned by the municipality.
That meadow is where the research has taken place so far. "The grassy area in the northwestern part of the pig farm covers almost the entire camp, let’s say, 80 %. A tiny part is covered by the shed," Vařeka described, confirming earlier findings that the vast majority of the camp is located on the grounds of the pig farm.
The fence that separates the pig farm grounds from the municipality's meadow, according to the archeologist, intersects what was once the courtyard where the intake of the prisoners was performed. The research also addressed what remains of the camp.
"The research has surprisingly found that the remains of the camp have been very well preserved underground as archeological relics despite all the landscaping that must have happened when this mega-pig farm was built, so a few centimeters below the surface we identified where the level of the terrain was at the time the camp existed," Vařeka told news server Romea.cz. "I consider the main significance of the results of our research to be that we have managed to demonstrate that the remains of the camp are here, that the camp has not disappeared or been erased, it can be found using archeological methods or rather, its remains can be found, and I think we are putting together a strong argument, therefore, for declaring this location a monument, because the burial site was declared a monument in 1998, but the actual site of the camp is not a monument in the legal sense yet."
- Karel Holomek: Czech President's proposal to leave pig farm on genocide site is out of touch
- Czech presidential candidate says pig farm on site of former concentration camp for Roma must be demolished
- Miloš Zeman circa 1998: CZK 600 million to build a memorial instead of a pig farm is "negligible amount"
- Czech President Zeman is in favor of leaving pig farm on site of former concentration camp for Roma
- Czech state not signing pig farm contract today after all, money will come from next year's budget
- UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe welcomes Czech Govt genocide site buyout, calls for illegally sterilized women to be compensated
- Czech Human Rights Minister says Govt will sign contract to buy pig farm on Roma genocide site next week
- Czech Republic: Pig farm shareholders to vote again on sale before year-end
- Some Romani activists do not want future genocide memorial at Lety to be run by the Czech state
- Unique Czechoslovak film from 1960 about the concentration camp for Roma at Lety screening on Romea.cz
- Czech company accepts state offer to buy pig farm on Roma genocide site
- Czech union demands severance pay for staff at pig farm closing on Roma genocide site, firm says employees are not members
- Czech firm able to negotiate sale of pig farm on Roma genocide site for first time
- BREAKING NEWS: Czech firm agrees to sell pig farm on Romani genocide site
- Renata Berkyová for DVTV: Even the Czech President doesn't know how to honor the memory of Lety, the pig farm remains
- Czech PM praises Culture Minister but urges progress on buy-out of pig farm on Roma genocide site
Tags:History, Lety u Písku, pietní místo, Pomník obětem holocaustu
Czech Police charge man who urged daughter to practice beating Muslims or Romani people with a baseball bat17.9.2017 17:51
Czech Deputy Trade Minister's pay is docked after posting to Facebook that "Gypsies are like jellyfish - poisonous and useless"15.9.2017 14:43
He will be losing his quarterly salary as a result.
Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Romea.cz. Moderátoři serveru Romea.cz si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Romea.cz. Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na Romea.cz ostatním uživatelům.