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2019 Hana Greenfield Memorial Swim

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Kmoch Island

River Labe

280 02 Kolin

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Following the success of the inaugural Hana Greenfield Memorial Swim in Augiust 2018, the town of Kolin will be hosting the event again on Sunday 25th August 2019, organised by the local swimming club.

The Hana Greenfield Memorial Swim is to commemorate when the people of Kolin used to swim together in the river Labe. Up until the 1930's this was a regular pastime for many people from the town. However, due to industrialisation and accompanying polution, the river became unsafe to swim in during the 1930's. Following a signficant clean up campaign over the past 20 years the river is once again clean enough for swans to swan along on, fishermen to catch fish from, and people to swim in.

The event is named after one of only a handful of Holocaust survivors from the town. Hana learnt to swim in the river as a child, and would have swum alongside both her Jewish and non-Jewish friends and neighbours. In 1942 she was deported by the Nazis to Terezin, along with all the other Jews from the town of Kolin and surrounding areas, and then on to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

As far as we know, the 2018 Hana Greenfield Memorial Swim was the first time that anyone from the town of Kolin had swum in the river for over 80 years, and the first time that Jewish and non Jewish people had taken part together in an activity that used to be commonplace in the town.

The town of Kolin have committed to running the swim on an annual basis. Anyone, Jewish or not, Czech or not, is welcome to come and join the swim and to continue creating ongoing living memories for the town of this important part of its history.







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