Romano Centro has called all Roma in Austria to commemorate on the 2nd of August in Vienna in the occasion of the International Roma Holocaust remembrance day.
During the night on the 2nd to the dawn of 3rd of August, 1944, 2897 people were annihilated in the Crematorium Nr. 5, children, women, men in the death-camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
This date is important to Roma people because all of the 2897 person were by origin and all of the „inhabitants” of the so called „Zigeunerlager” „Gypsy-camp” lost tragically their life after long suffering.
Around 100 people came together to show their compassion at Ceija Stojka Platz in the 7th district of Vienna to commemorate. After the pray with priest Helmut Schüller, Indira Gussak and Ivana Cibulova sang and candles were lightened for the memory of the very often forgotten and invisible victims. Simona Anozie, granddaughter of Ceija Stojka, told the story of her grandmother, of persecution, detention and internment in a concentration camp. Ceija Stojka was a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen, and the first Roma woman who stood up and published her life story about the concentration camps. After her death, a place was named after her in 2013.
In the name of Romano Centro, Irina Spataru and Samuel Mago two of the organizers gave their speech in which they pointed out that all Roma have to combat against Antigypsyism and all kind of of forms of discrimination.
Manuela Horvath, a grandchild of a Holocaust survivor spoke about the importance of the remembrance, and also about the discrimination and exclusion that Roma suffer from, that embodied and gained its most serious form in the bomb attack in Oberwart 20 years ago. „Not to be forgotten is not enough, because Antigypsyism, Roma-hostility and Antisemitism is still present and widespread in 2015 in Austria.” told by Ms. Horvath. As an example shows, too, just couple of days after the commemoration, the major of Kirchstetten does not want to give a permission to a temporary exhibition that wants to face the society with the history, organized by Marika Schmiedt, and which exhibition tributes in front of the thousand of hundreds killed people during the Holocaust with special focus on the Roma victims.
In April 2015, the European Parliament adopted a resolution recognizing the Roma genocide in National Socialism and against the European discrimination. Also, 2nd of August is recognized as an international day of remembrance of the Roma genocide. The European Parliament and in July the European Commission called on the Member States to establish a day for the anniversary of the mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau and to establish a memorial day of 2nd of August at national level. The Austrian Government has not yet commented on this.