Petřín path to be named for totalitarianism victims

Several streets will be named or renamed, but still no street for Winton

A small pathway on Petřín will finally get an official name. Some other streets at the edge of Prague will get new names, and one street will be renamed.

The walkway that has the sculptures known as the Memorial to the Victims of Communism, by sculptor Olbram Zoubek and architects Jan Kerel and Zdeněk Holzel, will become known as alej Obětí totality, meaning Avenue of the Victims of Totalitarianism. Currently the stepped concrete path has no name.

“The suggestion to name an area in Prague as a reminder of the victims of totalitarianism came from city residents. The site is already a memorial to the victims of communism, so the proposed name is suitable for the place,” City Councilor Radomír Nepil (ANO) told daily Pražský deník.

A new street is by the bridge Libeňský most at Bubenské nábřeží. The street near some new residential buildings will be named for architect František Sander, who died in 1932 and was responsible for a number of buildings and technical structures around the Vltava. The other streets being named or renamed are at the edge of the city.

The city is still looking for a suitable street or square to name after Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 children from the Holocaust just before the start of World War II. Places in Prague 6 and 7 have been proposed, but so far there in no consensus. An effort to rename the main train station in his honor was not successful. Praha hlavní nádraží is also known as Wilsonovo nádraží, or Wilson Station, but that name is not used popularly.

The search to find a street to name after President Václav Havel took several years before the plaza at the National Theatre was chosen. Other locations were considered but would have caused too many complications since all of the residents of those streets would have needed new ID cards and businesses would all have had to file a change of address with the relevant authorities.

A large number of streets were renamed after the fall of communism to get rid of references to particular people or events. Many metro stations were also renamed at that time. Waves of street name changes also took place just before and just after World War II, and at the start of the First Republic, also to remove some names from public view.

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