Memorial should be built at site of tourist attraction erected over Jewish cemetery, say campaigners
It has been called one of the worlds ugliest structures, pointing above Prague like a jabbing metallic finger while offering visitors panoramic views of the Czech capitals more aesthetically pleasing sites.
Now the citys looming 216-metre (709ft) television tower one of the most distinctive architectural legacies of communism is the subject of renewed complaints from the Prague Jewish community, which says it is a brooding reminder of the antisemitism of the regime that ruled the former Czechoslovakia for more than 40 years and whose dark history needs to be officially recognised.
Part of our community is still present under the ground here and people should know about it, said Pavel Vesely, a history and tourism coordinator with the Prague Jewish community. It reflects our history in the second half of the 20th century, when there was pressure part state-organised antisemitism, part anti-religion to erase the remnants of a Jewish presence in Prague. And the communists did a thorough job, because if you speak to people visiting the tower, they have no idea a Jewish cemetery was here.
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