2 August 2020

Luc Jacobs

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.


Romani Rose

Chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma

Erich Schneeberger

Deputy Chairman of the Documentation and Cultural Center of German Sinti and Roma and Chairman of the Association of German Sinti and Roma

Timea Junghaus

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

Adam Strauß

Chairman of the Council of German Sinti and Roma in Hesse

Marian Kalwary

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

Piotr Gliński

First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland

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