Heidelberg, Germany 17 July 2020 – An internationally high-ranking, virtual commemoration event for the 500,000 murdered Sinti and Roma in Nazi-occupied Europe is the focus of this year’s activities on the occasion of the European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma on 2 August.
An internationally high-ranking, virtual commemoration event for the 500,000 murdered Sinti and Roma in Nazi-occupied Europe is the focus of this year’s activities on the occasion of the European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma on 2 August.
On this day, we commemorate the last 4,300 Sinti and Roma who were murdered by the SS in the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau 76 years ago – despite their fierce resistance. Only five years ago, this date was recognised by the European Parliament as European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma.
Romani Rose, Chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, emphasises the importance of a joint commemoration:
“Today Europe is again facing a new nationalism, antigypsyism and anti-Semitism. In recent times we have witnessed numerous right-wing terrorist assassinations in Germany and other European countries. Historical remembrance is a living obligation for the present and the future. When we remember the crimes of National Socialism and the Holocaust today, we must simultaneously defend democracy and the rule of law.“
Due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma and the Association of Roma in Poland, in cooperation with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, had to make the difficult decision for a virtual memorial, as only a small wreath-laying ceremony with limited participation can take place at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial.
During the virtual commemoration event, speakers include Holocaust survivors Zilli Schmidt, Ivan Bilashchenko and Rita Prigmore, the President of the Slovac Republic Zuzana Čaputová, the PResident of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen, the EU Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli and the President of the German Bundestag Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble.
The new website will be available with a wide range of information on the topic of the Holocaust of Sinti and Roma and will make the multilingual commemoration event accessible to an international public on 2 August 2020. The virtual commemoration will also provide high visibility for local commemoration events throughout Europe.
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The logo “European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma” (with year 2020 or without) can be downloaded and used by everyone – who is committed to the commemoration of the Memorial Day – in various language versions (English, Romani, Polish, German) and colours (blue, yellow).