Cardinal Dominik Duka took part in a commemorative ceremony for Romany
victims of the Holocaust at the Lety memorial in southern Bohemia on Monday.
The event was attended by a number of foreign ambassadors, cultural
dignitaries and Roma representatives. Czech political leaders were notably
absent this year, with the exception of the deputy speaker of the Senate
The Lety memorial, unveiled in 1995 by then president Václav Havel, is
situated close to the site of a former concentration camp for Romanies where
300 Romany prisoners lost their lives and from where hundreds of others
were transported to the Auschwitz extermination camp. The fact that a pig
farm is located on the site of the former camp has been the source of
considerable controversy and embarrassment to the Czech government which
says it does not have the money to relocate it.