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    At Marcinelle in Belgium's coal-rich Borinage district, a memorial was unveiled, Mar 20, in honour of 263 miners from several European countries, who lost their lives in the Bois-du-Cazier mine disaster of Aug, 1956.

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    At Marcinelle in Belgium's coal-rich Borinage district, a memorial was unveiled, Mar 20, in honour of 263 miners from several European countries, who lost their lives in the Bois-du-Cazier mine disaster of Aug, 1956.

    Built from blocks of stone engraved with the names of the donor nations, the monument is surmounted by the bronze statue of a miner, created by Italian sculptor Vignolini.

    An inaugural address was given by President Maganani of the International Federation of Disabled Workmen and Industrial Invalids, who collaborated with the Governments concerned in raising funds for the project. A number of international representatives laid wreaths on behalf of the Belgian Royal Family, the European Coal and Steel Community, the Vatican and many other organisations.

    The 1956 disaster - one of the world's worst mining tragedies - occurred when fire, started by a broken electric cable, trapped 275 miners working at depths of 2,00 to 3,000 feet. Despite intensive rescue operations, assisted by French and German mining specialists, the death roll rose to 263. The victims - half of them from Italy, others from Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, the Ukraine, and one British engineer - had been recruited by Belgium in a bid to overcome the local coal industry's growing staff shortage.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1IJG3YPOEC2G1IXVLL49Z9AVU
    Media URN:
    VLVA1IJG3YPOEC2G1IXVLL49Z9AVU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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