Reconstruction of the reverent area 2009 - 2010

In the summer of 2009, when Lidice Memorial was gradually taking over the care of the reverent place in Lety, there was a granite monument “To the Victims of Gipsy Detention Camp in Lety” from and academic painter Zdenek Hůla placed on the area of the former burial-ground of the reverent area. There was also an Orthodox crucifix and an information table describing the events that took place in the Gipsy camp in 1942-1943.

The reverent area had been treated by the village Lety only fitfully, especially before the reverent commemoration in May and in autumn. The maintenance consisted of grass cutting and occasional pruning of branches. The monument and the surrounding stone obelisks were coated with mosses and lichens.

Close to the reverent area there used to be a provisional parking place access roads in the range 2.5 to 3.5 meters were just metalled paths and were used mainly for forest machinery belonging to the owners of the surrounding forests. There were only two small black and white signs "Memorial Lety" placed by the access road from Prague to Milevsko. In the area north of the piggery, at the location of former access road to the detention camp there is an information board located mapping the original camp in Lety.

Granite monument of the academic painter Zdenek Hůla "To the Victims of the Gipsy Detention Camp in Lety" Orthodox wooden crucifix Information board describing the events which occurred in the Gipsy camp One of the stone obelisks

Lidice Memorial began caring for the reverent area by ordering of project presentations of adjustment of the reverent area and its neighbourhood including access roads and they expect several versions. After discussing the proposals within the work group at the Government office and after accepting of one of the options, the project documentation for the land and building management was elaborated. At the same time geodetic surveying of the lands and roads which is needed to implement the plan was arranged as well as the lands were bought from district authorities of Lety, Orlík and Králova Lhota.

Proposed solutions:

  • The existing access road between the road No 19 and one local road will be repaired and extended to 3.5 m for one-way traffic. By the turning towards the reverent area there will be a parking place established with the turntable for 3 buses and 10 cars. There will be two small pre-built building constructed near the car park. Those will be as replicas of the original cells with accommodation exposure and social and technical facilities.
  • On the south side of the reverent area there will be a small oval natural space created. Inside the oval there will be a slight hill created, which will optically separate the meadow with the pond area from the reverent area and at the same time will allow seating in the small slope on the way to the natural amphitheatre. The hill will be newly planted with two broad-leaved trees (lime), other proposed green will optically circle out the nearby agricultural plant.
  • Another part of the project is to build a nature trail with the starting point in the village Lety and leading to the parking lot. There will be information boards placed on the trail with text about Romany Holocaust, related to individual places where visitors will stop.
  • The reverent area, besides of the necessary adjustments of the green which needs to be cut and cleaning of the monuments, will remain intact.
  • Hard surfaces of the repaired access road shall be built from asphalt recycle, turning area and the parking place from asphalt. Nature trail is designed as a sandy path with a surface made of fine stone mechanically paved.
  • The supporting walls will be made of natural stone and benches in their crowns of hardwood.
  • The buildings and operational facilities proposed will be constructed as the wooden sheathing covered with planks. They will be connected to the water and electricity connections, sewage waste water will be collected in tanks, rainwater will be absorbed in soft surfaces. Power and water will also be brought up to the parking area.

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Following the approval of an expert commission, the implementation of the whole project was carried out (with regard to the deadlines of the project preparation, purchase of land and the conditions of the tender for the contractor of the construction works) in a very short period from autumn 2009 to June 2010. The whole area was opened for the public on 18th May 2010 in the presence of the Minister of Culture Václav Riedlbauch and government Commissioner for Human rights Michael Kocáb. In 2011, on request of the Ministry of Culture, one more replica of the barracks and a drilled well for irrigation and sanitary facilities were added to the complex.