2. August 2021

Luc Jacobs

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Poland

Statement anlässlich des Europäischen Holocaust-Gedenktages für Sinti und Roma 2020

On this sad anniversary we remember the 500,000 Sinti and Roma that perished in the Holocaust.

We owe this tribute to every single victim who’s human dignity, who’s very existence was ruthlessly and routinely denied by other human beings.

The unspeakable crimes perpetrated in the extermination camps, continue to shock us,  not only because they happened but also, because they could happen.

Thanks to dedicated research and education, underpinned by the poignant testimony of survivors, we have come to better grasp the underlying factors that culminated in the horror of the Holocaust.

There can be no excuse any more for remaining indifferent when harassment, exclusion or even dehumanization of minorities become the accepted ‘new normal’ in political discourse and social attitudes.


Romani Rose

Vorsitzender des Zentralrats Deutscher Sinti und Roma

Erich Schneeberger

stellv. Vorsitzender des Dokumentations- und Kulturzentrums Deutscher Sinti und Roma und Vorsitzender des Verbands Deutscher Sinti und Roma – Landesverband Bayern

Timea Junghaus

Executive Director
European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC)

Adam Strauß

Vorsitzender des Landesverbandes Deutscher Sinti und Roma Hessen

Marian Kalwary

Chairman of the Association of Jews,
Survivors and Victims of the Second World War

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