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MfD: Holocaust memorial may open at Prague-Bubny station

ČTK |
21 December 2012

Prague, Dec 20 (CTK) - A Holocaust memorial might be opened at the former railway station in Prague-Bubny from where transports of Jews were dispatched to concentration camps during World War Two, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MFD) writes in its Prague supplement yesterday.

However, the project depends the final zoning plan for the whole locality where a new residential district is to be built, the paper adds.

It recalls that some 150 000 Jews from the wartime Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia left from the Prague-Bubny railway station for the internment camp for European Jews in Terezin, north Bohemia, from which regular transports were sent farther to extermination camps.

"We are living at the times when the survivors are passing away. The phenomena as the Holocaust are in a way 'mysterious,' this is why we want to mediate this important part of history mainly via direct experiences," documentary film-maker Pavel Stingl, who initiated the memorial project, told the paper.

The new memorial at Prague-Bubny railway station would serve as a museum as well as a culture and educational centre offering permanent and temporary exhibitions, concerts, documentary films screening and theatre performances focused on the Holocaust, the paper writes.

However, the vision can be materialised only if the zoning plan in the locality that has been prepared for years allows it, MfD adds.

Last week, the organisers of the Holocaust memorial for the first time met the Czech Rail (CD) carrier's managers to agree on further steps.

"We are basically not against the establishment of a memorial in the railway station's building. However, it depends a lot on (solving) the unfavourable situation around the zoning plan in this locality," CD spokesman Petr Stahlavsky told CTK.

The initiators would like to sign a long-term contract of lease for a symbolic price as soon as possible, MfD writes.

The project is to be presented to the public for the first time, probably in the form of an artistic exhibition, at the turn of the spring and summer 2013, Stingl added.

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