The local authorities were angry at these tours and comments by internet readers were not allowed in the main newspaper. Just days before the tours, crews could be seem making quick paint jobs and putting up banners on buildings in the immediate area of the stadium. Even more absurd for visitors as they only painted some entrances on the street but going into courtyards, anybody could see the reality.
Besides the atrocious housing conditions, a clear disregard for cultural, religious, historical and architectural landmarks could be seen. This has been going on for decades. Amongst the first things we visited was the former site of a synagogue which was not destroyed during the war... only to be torn down in 1961, despite being in perfectly good shape. People were shown historic photographs. The site, one of the few important places related to Judaism in the neighbourhood, was simply not considered of any value. The same thing is happening now. We visited historic buildings which were registered as landmarks and got de-registered for developers and are at risk and the rumble of the old butcheries, just destroyed less than a month ago.
This house is where the Committee was born. :-)
Many fires are started in basements and entrances like this in one of the houses we visited. Luckily here there was not too much damage.
Mary is always kept in good shape, even if the building around is crumbling down.