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Calls to cancel Serbia camp concert
British band to play on the site of second world war concentration camp.
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2007 00:26 GMT
The concert is set to take place at Sajmiste on Saturday

A Jewish rights group has called on Serbia to cancel a dance music concert scheduled to take place at the site of a second world war concentration camp.
 
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre urged the authorities to stop Kosheen, a British band, from performing at the Staro Sajmiste in central Belgrade on Saturday.
"A concert at this site would be an insult to the victims and memories of them," Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, said on Friday.
 
About 48,000 Jews, Serbs and Roma were killed at the Sajmiste camp in the 1940s, but the site has not been designated an official memorial site.
"It's like holding a wedding at a graveyard," said Aleksandar Mosic, a Jewish chairman of the camp's memorial centre.
 
"It was the only death camp in Europe which was so visible," said 88-year-old Mosic, who wants to build a proper memorial to the victims of what he describes as "the forgotten concentration camp."
 
Profit motive
 
Zeljko Ozegovic, the mayor of New Belgrade, said: "It is awful that such concerts are being held there, but the building was illegally sold."
 
"We have been appealing the legality of the purchase for years."
Poseydon, the company that bought the hall, say the concerts make business sense.
 
"The concerts are the most profitable events we can hold here, and this place has to live off something," said Nenad Krsmanovic, a company spokesman.
 
Serbia's dwindling Jewish community say the site needs to be saved from decades of neglect.
 
Nearly all of Belgrade's 8,000 Jews were killed at Sajmiste soon after it was set up in 1941 at the site of the Belgrade Fair exhibition ground.
 
Thousands of others, including Serb nationalists, were also killed at the camp.
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