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European Parliament recognizes 2 August as the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

April 15, 2015 marked a historical moment. The European Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority to finally adopt a resolution which recognizes “the historical fact of the genocide of Roma that took place during World War II” and concludes “that a European day should be dedicated to commemorating the victims of the genocide of the […]

Roma Genocide Survivor and Young Roma Activists meet Members of the European Parliament

40 Roma youth activists from around Europe and 90-year old Roma Genocide survivor Raymond Gurême met the Members of the European Parliament Soraya Post, Damian Draghici, Barbara Lochbihler and Péter Niedermüller in Brussels to address the importance of the recognition of the Roma Genocide and August 2 as Remembrance Day, as well as to stress […]

Seminar “Remembrance and learning from World War II”

The seminar will take place in the European Youth Centre Strasbourg on 19-22 May 2015. The seminar aims to promote a shared and deeper understanding of the reasons, consequences and lessons to be learned from the Second World War and its contribution to shaping common European values – democracy, rule of law and human rights, […]

Seminar on Remembrance and Holocaust Education on the Roma Genocide

This “Seminar on Remembrance and Holocaust Education on the Roma Genocide” gathers 40 representatives of partner organizations, educational multipliers and youth activists in order to share experiences and practices, to work on the development of educational methods, tools and strategies, and to develop and coordinate future educational and advocacy actions.  The seminar takes place in […]

A ‘Wannsee Conference’ on the Extermination of the Gypsies? New Research Findings Regarding 15 January 1943 and the Auschwitz Decree

Was the persecution of the Sinti and Roma under National Socialism an act of genocide? This article posits that the conference of January 15, 1943 constituted a point of culmination for Nazi policy toward ‘Gypsies.’ Until now, researchers have attached little importance to this event, but the author will show that various actors gathered at […]

A forgotten camp – Montreuil-Bellay (France)

           Montreuil-Bellay, a village of 4.000 inhabitants located in the northwest of France, hosted from 1941 to 1946 one of the 30 French concentration camps gathering Roma people. This camp has been completely destroyed after the 2nd world war and its existence as such was only recognized at the end of […]

Forgotten History-500 Years of Roma slavery in Romania

                  The first attestations of the Roma appear in Romanian documents dating back to 1385(Muntenia) and 1428 (Moldova) indicating them as goods of some monasteries. Roma were treated as slaves, because they had particular skills like metal-working, carpentry and entertaining. They were of great economic value. There were three categories of slaves: Crown (state), […]

High Patronage of European Parliament granted by President Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, granted on June 13, 2014 the European Parliament’s high patronage to the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative 2014: The work of your organisation and the purpose of your initiative, namely to raise awareness of the Roma genocide during the Holocaust, are much appreciated by the European Parliament. Atrocities such […]

Deportations of Roma to Transnistria

During the interwar period the “Jewish problem”  figured largely in Romania but no comparable  “Gypsy problem”  ever mentioned at that time.  Romanian political parties and politicians even developed collaborative relationships with Roma leaders.  During the 1937 electoral campaign, one  journal of that time of the  National Christian Party (Octavian Goga’s party) printed a special weekly […]

Open Call for Facilitators: Education for Remembrance – The Roma Genocide

ternYpe International Roma Youth Network in co-operation with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe launches an open call for facilitators. This open call invites young, experienced Roma and non-Roma trainers to become facilitators in the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative, taking place on 30.07.-04.08.2014 in Krakow and Auschwitz, in order to make use of […]