Nádraží Bubny

Bubny train station

Period1939-1945
TopicHolocaust

The Bubny train stations saw nearly 50,000 people put onto transports heading to concentration camps and ghettos in the east of Europe. Most of the women, men and children who were deported did not survive.

The famous writer Norbert Frýd described his journey from the gathering place to the Bubny train station in his novel Bottle Post:

The final alarm rang before four in the morning. They wanted to take us to the Bubny station before people were out on the streets. We pulled up the straps of our rucksacks. The guards escorting us were already outside, but they were silent, they didn’t rush. The pace of the walk, as if that of a funeral procession through the sleeping city, was set by the two slowest old men.And then getting into the emptied train cars with outside doors to each compartment; waiting and then waiting some more, counting and counting again, but at least still together, cuddled together on a bench, through that whole long ride to Terezin.

Marta Peková, who also survived, remembers her departure for the train station like this:

Before dawn, so we wouldn’t attract the public’s attention, this sad procession dragged along Veletržní street towards the Bubny train station. No one spoke, you could only hear the rattling of a few kid’s strollers. Guards walked on both sides of the column of people with bayonets at the ready. The walked somewhat stiffly, and their rare glances at us were full of sympathy. At the train station, the SS took over, again with the well known “los, los”, screaming, calling people out by numbers and getting into the old train cars.

In this stigmatized places, there is plan to build the Memorial of Silence, a center for the public discussion of the Shoa in us, as a stigma of the present. For more see www.bubny.org.

Tento text vychází z materiálů shromážděných při přípravě vzdělávacího projektu Paměť města – prostorový průvodce po Praze 7, který realizuje obecně prospěšná společnost Památník Šoa Praha. Průvodce bude veřejnosti představen během jara roku 2015.

Obecně prospěšná společnost Památník Šoa Praha je iniciátorem přeměny nádraží Bubny na moderní prostor pro veřejný dialog o šoa v nás jako stigmatu dneška. V současnosti jsou jejími hlavními aktivitami realizace přestavby a vývoj scénáře stálé expozice budoucího PAMÁTNÍKU TICHA. Zároveň také pořádá výstavy a sezónní akce na podporu vzniku památníku a připravuje vzdělávací projekty.

www.bubny.org

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