The resort where guests pay to bathe in radioactive waters

The resort where guests pay to bathe in radioactive waters

In Jachymov, on the Czech Republic's border with Germany, Radium Palace offers radon treatment - a byproduct of uranium, but luxury hides tragic past

Warning stickers with radioactive symbol spread throughoutCredit: Matthew VickeryWater drips from the damp, rocky ceiling of the mine into tiny drops, the sound of which echoes as it hits the rusty rails used decades ago to haul stones, some of which loaded with uranium ore, off the tree-covered hill to the railcars. Soviet train."I remember whether it was cold or hot outside, it was always very hot inside," says Zdenek Mandrholec, leaning on a cane as he speaks outside the entrance to the mine in the city of Jachymov in the Czech Republic. , on the border with Germany."They [the Soviets] could do whatever they wanted with us."Old age - Mandrholec is 87 - no longer allows him to enter the mine, but he knows very well what his interior looks like.It was seven years as a Soviet political prisoner, forced to fetch uranium to fuel the arms race during the Cold War.The hills surrounding Jachymov are full of uranium.It was here that the ore containing Uraninite was first discove...


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