Lety u Písku. Memorial to the Holocaust of the Roma and Sinti in Bohemia. A symbol of a huge tragedy, a reminder of the Holocaust, and also a place for education of children and youth. All this is the mission of the memorial in Lety, that will be built on the place of a large pig feed facility in Lety u Písku, a place where one of the two “Gypsy camps” was located during the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
The period from August 1942 to August 1943 became an integral part of our history. The Museum of Romani Culture, a contributory organization of the Ministry of Culture, has a difficult task ahead - to build a new Memorial to the Holocaust of the Roma and Sinti in Bohemia. The EEA Grants will support this project with EUR 1.5 million.
The aim of the project is to link the existing Lety Cultural Heritage Memorial with the site of the former camp, thus creating a comprehensive concept that not only dignifies honor to the Roma Holocaust victims, but also provides the necessary education for future generations. For this reason, it is important the partnership with Norwegian Falstad Centre, that has long-term experience with teaching history of World War II using digital technology.
For the new memorial in Lety, there is still a long way to go. Firstly, it is necessary to decide its form in a landscape-architectural competition. The assignment was created in cooperation with experts in the field of history, architecture, museology and Roma studies, as well as witnesses and survivors. More information about the competition are available at www.newmemoriallety.com.