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Serbia Vows to Block Plan to Turn Nazi Death Camp Sites Into Shops

The former radio tower of Staro Sajmiste in Belgrade in 2017. 

The former radio tower of Staro Sajmiste in Belgrade in 2017. 

Photographer: Fishman/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Serbia will adopt a law to create a memorial center in Belgrade for tens of thousands of Jews, Serbs and Roma killed by Nazis in World War II, preventing plans to redevelop two concentration camp sites in the capital city into commercial space.

Draft legislation will be sent to parliament in November with the “active involvement of the Jewish community in Serbia,” Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center told reporters in after meeting with President Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday. He said he got assurances from the Serb leader that the bill will be adopted and the government will provide funds for the memorial.