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.
GV Of Bois-du-Cazier mine.
NEARER V..Ditto and coal trucks.
GV Of ceremony around monument.
SV Representatives of King and Mgr. Forni. Papal representative.
LV PAN..Ceremony around monument.
CU Mr. Magnani makes speech.
SV Papal representative and King's representative listen.
SV PAN DOWN..Statue on monument, to inscription "Polska".
CU Miner sands beside monument.
LV Crowd look on.
LV King's representative lays wreath.
SV More wreaths being laid.
SCU Wreaths on monument.
LV Monument, and wreath-laying.
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Background: 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.