Polish crematorium plan offends Holocaust memory

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Israeli archaeologist Yoram Haimi talking to young people from the Dror School in Israel about his findings at the site of the former German Nazi death camp of Sobibor, in eastern Poland, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.
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WARSAW, Poland — Authorities in an eastern Polish city are trying to stop a funeral company from building a crematorium in the same neighborhood as the former German Nazi death camp of Majdanek.

Krzysztof Zuk, mayor of the city of Lublin, and authorities overseeing the Majdanek memorial site, which includes a museum, want the company to find a different location for its crematorium.

The company, Styks, plans to build the city's first crematorium on its existing premises, which are located 300 meters (yards) from Majdanek on the city border. Zuk is seeking to establish a protective zone around Majdanek.

Several Polish groups devoted to remembering World War II victims and the U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League say building a contemporary crematorium so close to Majdanek would be disrespectful to its victims.


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