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Ceremony in honour of the Czechoslovak victims of Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp

On March 11, 2019, the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, H.E. Mr. Peter Pellegrini, and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe, H.E. Mr. Emil Ruffer, honoured the memory of Czech and Slovak victims of Nazi oppression at the site of the former concentration camp Natzweiler-Struthof near Strasbourg. The representatives of the two states unveiled a memorial plaque in the premises of the former concentration camp to honor the Czech and Slovak victims, and laid the wreaths at the pious place.

The Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp was the only concentration camp in today´s territory of France. In the beginning, it was mainly a labour camp, with terrible conditions according to testimonies. Between 1941 and 1944, 364 Czechs and Slovaks passed through this camp, of which 81 were interned in the central camp. The other deportees were divided into adjacent camps located on both banks of the Rhine. It is reported that in the main camp of Natzweiler-Struthof and dozens of its subordinate labor camps around more than 22,000 of those interned of 32 nationalities died or were murdered. Nazis also carried out insane anthropological attempts at prisoners in this camp.

The adjacent museum houses the European Center on Resistance and Deportation.

Struthof

Struthof

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Struthof - memory

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Struthof - wreaths

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Struthof - honour