Earlier this year the young piano virtuoso Tomáš Kačo performed for the
first time at New York’s famous Carnegie Hall. It was the fulfilment of a
long-held dream for the 31-year-old, who comes from a large Romany family
in a small Czech town and was a youth prodigy before seizing a
life-changing chance to study in the US.
Why do ethnic conflicts in some parts of the world flare up so easily and
spread so fast? Is ethnic hate and intolerance contagious? Researchers from
the Czech Republic and Slovakia joined forces to try to find the answers to
some of those questions and arrived at some surprising conclusions.
Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human
Rights, has welcomed a deal for the Czech government to acquire the site of
a pig farm in Lety, southern Bohemia, which once housed a World War II
internment camp for Roma.
Czech Culture Minister Daniel Herman has announced an important
breakthrough in the government’s efforts to secure the buy-out of an
offensive pig farm in Lety, South Bohemia located on the site of a former
concentration camp where hundreds of Roma died in inhumane conditions in
WWII. The company that owns the farm has now agreed to sell it to the
state, opening the way for a dignified memorial to the victims to be built
on the grounds.
The country’s culture minister, Daniel Herman, has said that the
government could buy out a controversial pig farm in Lety, South Bohemia,
in a matter of weeks. If completed, it would mean the removal of a farm
which has been an insult to victims of the Romani genocide for decades: the
farm stands largely on the site of a former labour and WWII concentration
camp where Roma citizens were interned and hundreds died.
A team of archaeologists from the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň say
they have succeeded in mapping out the contours of the former Lety
concentration camp, used during the Second World War to imprison Czech
Activists from the Czech Republic and abroad met at Lety, South Bohemia, on
Saturday, the site of a labour and later concentration camp where Roma were
interned and died during WWII. They were aiming to keep pressure on the
government to finally remove a pig farm at the site which has been an
insult to the victims who suffered or died there and their descendants, for
In 2015 the government launched a two year project to help fight hate crime
directed against Romanies and other minorities in the Czech Republic. With
the migrant crisis, the project acquired a broader scope and greater
urgency. In Iustitia, an NGO that helps victims of hate crime was involved
in the undertaking. I spoke to its founder, lawyer Klára Kalibová, to
find out more.