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Gathering point

Period1939-1945
TopicHolocaust

In 1941, a gathering place for Jews destined for transports was set up in the wooden buildings of the Radio Market at the New Exhibition Grounds belonging to Prague’s Trade Fairs company. People who were called up for transports had to arrive at the gates of the New Exhibition Grounds with at most 50 kilograms of their possessions. Often, Praguers could see a long line of people leading toward the entry gate to the New Fairgrounds, going past the Veletržní palace all the way to Heřmanova street. Behind the gates of the New Exhibition Grounds people had to sign a document giving up all of their property, they gave away their insurance policies, jewelry, and keys from their apartments. They were all placed in a single wooden building with concrete floor, where they usually spent three days. In the early morning they walked via Veletržní street to the Bubny train station. Here, they got onto trains going to the unknown. Until 1945, almost 50,000 people passed through here.

Marta Peková remembers how she went to the gathering point with her young daughter:

Before I entered the Radio Palace, I looked around one last time to say goodbye to freedom, even if it was already quite restricted. And then, across the street, I saw my whole family – my mother, father, brothers and my sister. They stood there as live statues, looking at us. And I knew they were all crying. At that moment tears welled up in my eyes as well. It is so ironic that I and little Alena, who they cried over, we survived, while they went on the later transports, and none of them came back!

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.

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