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Jewish Heritage Europe has an article on two significant new Holocaust Memorials: Names in Nowy Sącz and Returned (Cobble)stones in Prague.
NOWY SĄCZ, POLAND
A new memorial lists the names of 12,000 Jews from Nowy Sącz and its surroundings deported by the Germans to their deaths during the Holocaust. The dedication ceremony took place on the 80th anniversary of the last deportation of Jews to the death camp at Bełżec and was the culmination of a week of memorial events. During the memorial service the names of the 12,000 victims were read aloud—Jews who were enclosed in the WW2 Nowy Sacz ghetto and who came from Nowy Sącz, as well as from Stary Sącz, Łabowa, Piwniczna Zdrój, Krynica Zdrój, Grybów, Limanowa, Łącko, Tarnów, Krakow Łódź, Leipzig (Germany), Sieradz and other places.
There is a video- audio is in Polish –that may be seen/heard on the website:
The memorial is a sunken area on whose walls the names are inscribed in long columns. The memorial is a project of People not numbers, a project headed by the Polish Olympic athlete Dariusz Popiela that seeks to restore Jewish cemeteries and to create memorials that list by one the names of victims of the Holocaust.
PRAGUE: RETURNED (COBBLE)STONES MEMORIAL, September 7
The memorial constructed from hundreds of cobblestones that were cut from uprooted Jewish gravestones and used for paving in downtown Prague has been dedicated at the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague’s Žižkov district. (Not the famous Old Jewish Cemetery in the former ghetto area.)
Return of the Stones monument, designed the sculptor Jaroslav Róna and his wife Lucie, is centered on a low, circular mound made of 200 of the cobblestones showing remnants of Hebrew and Czech inscriptions, highlighted in gold. Low walls of unequal height, also made from the cobbles, branch out from this “like rays of the sun.” the cobbles had been used to construct the pedestrian promenade along Na Příkopě street, at one end of Wenceslas Square, in the 1980s. The fact that matzevot were used for the cobblestones became known after the fall of the communist regime in 1989.
A memorandum signed between the city and the Jewish community mandated that the cobbles be removed and taken to the Zizkov cemetery.