Shockingly bad English spoils Roma memorial at Lety concentration camp
The site of a former concentration camp for Roma near the village of Lety in southern Bohemia is again attracting attention: while some time ago a call by the Roma community to close down a nearby pig farm came to nothing, it has emerged that the memory of those who suffered at the Lety camp has been poorly honoured in another way - the English version of the official inscription is in absolutely awful English. Alena Skodova reports:
I spoke with American journalist and translator Gwendolyn Albert, who first visited Lety 7 years ago, when the memorial was erected:
The question arises as to how is it possible that such a badly translated inscription can appear in a public place, and who is to blame? Local authorities in the nearby town of Pisek say they had the Roma version translated by the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. A translating agency was hired to do the English translation. Now the authorities will have to check their records to find out which agency was to blame for the ridiculous translation.
Gwendolyn Albert believes, however, that this whole affair simply reflects the fact that Czech people don't have enough understanding of how significant the Lety memorial is for the country's Roma population.