International Conference

“My testimony is for young people”

Passing on Memory for the Future

of Holocaust Remembrance and Education

  On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of 2 August 1944
European Holocaust Memorial Day for Roma and Sinti

 31st of July – 1st of August 2024

“My testimony is for young people.

You must resist.

You must resist the discrimination, racism and violent evictions.

We, the old ones have lit the flame.

Now, it is up to young people to feed it,

make it grow, and so that we become stronger. 

Young people, stand up!

Stay standing, and never fall to your knees!”

Raymond Gurême,

Holocaust survivor and member of the French resistance

International Conference

“My testimony is for young people”

Passing on Memory for the Future of Holocaust Remembrance and Education

On 2 August, we commemorate the 4,300 Roma and Sinti in the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, who were murdered by the SS on that night in 1944 despite their fierce resistance. In memory of all 500,000 Roma and Sinti murdered in Nazi-occupied Europe, the European Parliament declared this date the European Holocaust Memorial Day for Roma and Sinti in 2015. On August 2, 2024, we will commemorate the 80th anniversary with the last survivors of the Holocaust of Roma and Sinti.

Main organizers of the conference:

The commemoration ceremony on 2 August is organized by the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma and the Association of Roma in Poland in cooperation with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. An international coalition of leading stakeholders in the field is formed to enhance recognition, remembrance and visibility of the Memorial Day. The conference is organized in cooperation with the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture and the “Dikh He Na Bister” initiative of ternYpe International Roma Youth Network within the European Union and Council of Europe Joint Programme “Roma Holocaust Remembrance and Education – RomaMemory”.

About the international conference

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of 2 August 1944, the European Holocaust Memorial Day for Roma and Sinti, this international conference addresses recognition, remembrance and education about the Holocaust of Roma and Sinti with a focus on ways to carry survivors’ testimonies into the future and making their voices heard. The conference engages experts, advocates, academics and policymakers in plenary sessions and thematic panels on topics such as the role of testimonies of Roma and Sinti Holocaust survivors and the representation of their voices in spaces of memory as well as transgenerational perspectives on memory. The conference also connects recognition and remembrance of the Roma and Sinti Holocaust with the fight against antigypsyism today, focusing on coalition-building and policy-making, transitional justice processes and educational approaches. The conference aims to foster dialogue, exchange knowledge, and develop strategies to ensure that the experiences of Roma and Sinti Holocaust are remembered, honoured, and integrated into academic, remembrance and educational discourses, contributing to more inclusive, just and respectful societies free of antigypsyism.

 

80th anniversary

International Conference

“My testimony is for young people”
Passing on Memory for the Future
of Holocaust Remembrance and Education

31st of July – 1st of August 2024

Christian Pfeil

Holocaust survivor – Speech at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony January 26, 2024

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