2 August 2020
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Poland
Statement on the occasion of the European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and 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.
European Commissioner for Equality
Vice President of the German Bundestag
Prime Minister of Canada
Deputy Chairman of the Documentation and Cultural Center of German Sinti and Roma and Chairman of the Association of German Sinti and Roma
European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC)
Civil Rights Activist
Chairman of the Council of German Sinti and Roma in Hesse
Manon Aubry, MEP
German former Weinkönigin
Chairman of the Association of Jews,
Survivors and Victims of the Second World War
First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland
Vice-President of the International Committee Buchenwald Dora and Kommandos (ICBD) and Member to the Delegation of the Polish Association of Former Political Prisoners of Nazi Prisons and Concentration Camps
President of the Slovak Republic
President of Austria
President of North Macedonia
Commissioner for Equality, European Commission