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Young Social Democrats suing MP over Roma Holocaust denial

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Prague, Feb 5 (CTK) – Czech Young Social Democrats filed a lawsuit against Miloslav Rozner, a deputy for the anti-European and anti-Islam Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD), on Monday as he denoted the wartime concentration camp for Roma in Lety, south Bohemia, as “non-existent.”

The Social Democrats are of the view that by saying this, Rozner was guilty of denying or questioning a genocide, the web page E15 said.

“Earlier today, we filed a criminal complaint about Rozner over the suspicion of denying, questioning, endorsing or justifying a genocide under the section 405 of the Penal Code,” the Young Social Democrats said on the Facebook.

On Sunday, Czech Television cited Rozner’s words at the SPD’s recent congress closed to the public, where he criticised the state purchase of a pig farm standing on the site of the former camp in Lety with the aim to pull it down.

“Undoubtedly, I would never throw half a billion crowns out of the window for the removal of a well-running company for the sake of a never existing so-called concentration camp,” Rozner told the congress.

According to historians, the Lety camp was opened by the Protectorate authorities in August 1940 as a correctional labour camp for the men who could not prove their source of livelihood. A similar facility operated in Hodonin u Kunstatu, south Moravia. In January 1942, both camps changed to internment camps, and Gypsy camps were established in both in August of the same year.

From August 1942 to May 1943, a total of 1308 Roma people gradually stayed in the Lety camp, where 327 of them died and over 500 ended up in Auschwitz.

Nazis exterminated 90 percent of Bohemian and Moravian Roma people.

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