romea - logo
October 24, 2017
Zprávy e-mailem - Nemáte čas číst naše zprávy každý den? Nechte si posílat souhrn toho nejdůležitějšího tak často, jak  chcete Vy.
Loading
extended search

Czech-Roma group alleges more people may have died at Roma genocide site than previously known, will demonstrate for pig farm removal

21.7.2017 8:28
The pig farm on the grounds of the former WWII-era concentration camp for Romani people at Lety u Písku. The roses were put on the fence on 24 June 2017 by advocates of removing the farm. (PHOTO:   František Bikár, Romea.cz)
The pig farm on the grounds of the former WWII-era concentration camp for Romani people at Lety u Písku. The roses were put on the fence on 24 June 2017 by advocates of removing the farm. (PHOTO: František Bikár, Romea.cz)

On Sunday, 30 July at 13:30 an assembly will be held on Hradčanské náměstí near Prague Castle called "Remove the pig farm! Remember the victims of the Samudaripen". Demonstrators will demand the removal of the pig farm from the site of the WWII-era genocide of the Roma at Lety u Písku.

The Konexe organization, which is convening the assembly together with the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, is also demanding that the Czech state support more archeological and field research into the genocide perpetrated on the territory of Lety. Miroslav Brož, spokesperson for the Konexe organization, announced the planned demonstration to news server Romea.cz yesterday.

"The word Samudaripen (the great slaughter) is used by Romani men and women to refer to the genocide of Romani people. During the Second World War, 90 % of the prewar Romani population in the Czech lands was murdered, according to the most conservative estimates," said Brož.

"Some of those Romani people were murdered by German Nazis in the extermination camps, primarily in the gas chambers of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Some were murdered in camps on the territory of the Protectorate where the guards were Czech members of the Protectorate gendarmerie. None of those guards were punished after the war," Brož added.

"Probably the worst of the Protectorate camps, where the genocide of our ethnic Romani citizens took place, was Lety u Písku. At the site of the former camp the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic built an industrial capacity pig farm in 1973. At the places were Romani men and women were tortured and died there is now pig manure," Konexe says in its invitation to the assembly.

The group is also disputing the number of Romani people who died at Lety u Písku during that time. "Until now we have been hearing the 'official' version of the events at the Lety camp, i.e., that it was a small camp where 326 Romani people died, 241 of whom were children. That version, however, was based on records kept by the murderers. The 'official' version has always been rejected by the survivors of the camp, whose testimonies speak of exponentially higher numbers of victims. The recent archeological research at Lety has located more mass graves that have never been opened. We do not know how many more victims of the Lety camp are in them. However, what is certain is that the 'official' version is collapsing," Brož alleges.

According to the Konexe spokesperson, the genocide of Romani people is denied in the Czech Republic by ordinary citizens, for example, in the public arena of Internet discussions. "Websites are functioning undisturbed that are dedicated to denying the genocide of the Romani people here. Most citizens have no information about the Samudaripen. Nothing is taught about the genocide of the Romani people in the Czech schools, just as nothing is taught about the history of the persecution of the Romani people in the Czech lands. Who knows today that Czechoslovakia adopted anti-Romani legislation in 1927 that deprived Romani people of some of their civil and human rights and turned them into second-class citizens?" Brož asked.

"What is even worse is that the Samudaripen is disputed, minimized, and in some cases even denied by our political representatives or constitutional officials. They deny and dispute the genocide of Romani people, probably attempting to exploit the antigypsyism that is so widespread in the Czech Republic and doing their best, through such anti-Romani remarks, to win the sympathy of most voters, who are oriented against Romani people," the Konexe statement reads, specifically mentioning remarks by former President Václav Klaus, MEP Miroslav Ransdorf, MP Tomio Okamura, and current Czech President Miloš Zeman.

ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
Views: 123x

Don't miss:

Related articles:

Tags:  

Demonstrace, EGAM, Holocaust, Konexe, o. s.



HEADLINE NEWS

--ilustrační foto--

Czech company that owns pig farm on Roma genocide site will appeal order to return subsidy due to EU anti-fraud investigation

11.10.2017 16:21
Czech Radio reported on 5 October that the AGPI firm must return a subsidy of EUR 375 000 in Czech and EU funds which it applied for in order to reconstruct an egg factory in Vrcovice u Písku. The firm is primarily known to the general public as the operator of the pig farm standing on a site in Lety u Písku where Romani people fell victim to the Holocaust.
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Czech Republic: Head of ROMEA receiving threats against his family, antigypsyism on the rise

11.10.2017 10:32
According to Zdeněk Ryšavý, director of the Romani media agency ROMEA in the Czech Republic, hate speech against Romani people is reviving after a brief lull and is even more intensive than it was before. He also believes that the boundaries are being pushed in terms of the content of such hate speech and tolerance for it.
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Canada removes plaque from its first National Holocaust Monument after backlash

9.10.2017 15:01
The Guardian reports that Canada’s first National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa was opened on September 27th. Designed by a team led by Gail Dexter Lord, the son of Holocaust survivors, the monument takes the shape of the yellow star that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany and the territories under Nazi occupation.
 full story

Discussion:

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.

More articles from category







..
romea - logo