The International Youth Event
TernYpe – International Roma Youth Network and its partners gather 1.000 young Roma and non-Roma from all over Europe around August 2nd 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the remembrance day of the Roma Genocide. Over 70 workshops taking place on July 31 and August 1 will take place in the Pedagogical University Krakow to learn about the Roma Genocide, to meet with survivors and to learn and discuss about human rights, antigypsyism and empowerment strategies.
2 August – Commemoration
On the night of the 2 to 3 August all the remaining Roma in the so called “Gypsy family camp” - 2,897 men, women, and children – were taken to gas chamber V and exterminated. Their bodies were burned in pits next to the crematorium. On the 2 August 2014, ternYpe and its partners will gather around 1.000 young Roma and non-Roma from over 20 countries to participate in the commemoration acts in Auschwitz-Birkenau. The programme includes the visit of young people and survivors to the Auschwitz Birkenau Museum, and a commemoration ceremony at the monument of the murdered Roma and Sinti.
The Social Forum of the Roma Youth Movement: July 31 – August 1, 2014
Learn from the past and act in the present – this is one of our key aims of the youth event and remembrance initiative. We aim to invest into a grassroots social movement of Roma and non-Roma that seeks social justice, solidarity and respect between Roma and non-Roma, and a joint movement against discrimination, antigypsyism, racism and social exclusion. Over 70 youth organizations from 20 countries will take part in the event! There will be debates, a market of organizations, an online action space, a creative action and exhibition space, forum theatre, various exhibitions, meetings between young people and European institutions, and a Roma music festival.
The International Expert Conference
The international expert conference brings together 70 experts, stakeholders and educational multipliers of Roma and non-Roma (youth) organizations in order to discuss strategies for Holocaust memorial days, to review educational approaches and materials and to share successful practices and educational tools. ternYpe follows a strategy to raise the involvement and engagement of Roma youth in commemoration and remembrance of the Roma Genocide, and it addresses the question what role the young generation will take, what lessons it will learn and how it is important for the identity in Roma communities.
Meetings with survivors and eye-witnesses
The project involves Roma Holocaust survivors coming from Poland, Romania, Hungary, France, Germany, Netherlands, and United Kingdom. Nearly seventy years after the genocide during the WW2, these are the last possible moments to listen to the memories of eye witnesses. At our event we will provide the possibility for young people to meet survivors personally and hear about their experiences.