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You're reading: Polish crematorium plan offends Holocaust memory

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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