All media are invited to cover and promote the initiative. We can offer different options on how to cover the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative:
interviews with organizers, promoters, participants and survivors;
youth event organized by the national partners in each country in order to promote the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative;
public conference in Krakow on August 1st
Commemoration Ceremony in Auschwitz;
flash mob in Krakow;
Youth Festival in Krakow.
Background of the project
On the 2nd of August 1944, 2897 elderly people, women and children, the remaining Sinti and Roma of the so-called “gypsy camp” (“Zigeunerlager”) at Auschwitz-Birkenau, were murdered in the gas chambers. Knowledge and official recognition of the extermination of Roma during the Second World War is still very limited – especially among young Europeans including the Roma.
For ternYpe – International Roma Youth Network the Roma Genocide project is one of the flagships projects of the network. Since 2010 on August 2nd we have organized a commemoration in Auschwitz for young Europeans, and an international seminar around the event in order to educate young people from different backgrounds on the suffering of Roma in the World War II and on discrimination, antigypsyism and extremism in today’s Europe. The importance and great impact of the “Roma Genocide” project have been appreciated by the European institutions by selecting it as one of the 27 national winning projects for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2011.
In 2011 the Polish Government passed a resolution for the official recognition of the 2nd of August as a day of commemoration. Our event which gathered around 80 young people had the support of the Polish President and the ministry for Equal Treatment, support of OSCE/ODHIR, Pedagogical University in Krakow, and the regional administration of the region “Malopolska”, and support of Polish
Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment and the Auschwitz Museum. In 2011 our focus was dedicated to the issue of raising awareness on the history of the Roma Genocide on local level, raise of antigypsyism in Europe and the mechanisms of stigmatization and stereotypes in the society.
Young people take an important role and responsibility to construct a peaceful and integrated Europe today and in the future. Therefore, we shall strengthen the voice and participation of young people, as the consciousness about the Holocaust constitutes a key element of our European identity and the founding principles of the European integration. This year ternYpe – International Roma Youth Network gathers around 300 young Europeans in Krakow and Auschwitz on August 2nd 2013, the remembrance day of the Roma Genocide.
MOVEMENT FOR 2nd AUGUST
The Movement for 2nd August is a movement people of all kind supporting the recognition of 2nd August as a Memorial day for Roma Genocide during the Holocaust. On the 2nd of August 1944, 2897 elderly people, women and children, the remaining Sinti and Roma of the so-called “gypsy camp” at Auschwitz-Birkenau, were murdered in the gas chambers. Knowledge and official recognition of the extermination of Roma during the Second World War is still very limited – especially among young Europeans including the Roma. In 2011, the Polish Sejm passed a resolution for the official recognition of the 2nd of August as a day of commemoration of the Roma Genocide and in 2012, the European Parliament discussed a declaration for the recognition of 2nd August as an official day of remembrance on European level (0029/2012, PE494.920v01-00, issued on 10.09.2012). This movement aims to preserve the memory of the Roma and Sinti victims of Nazism, and to strengthen remembrance and awareness about the Roma Genocide during World War II. We need to shed light on the forgotten Roma genocide, the over 500.000 victims, and the continuation of social exclusion, antigypsyism and hate speech as a consequence of the ignorance and lack of recognition of the Roma Genocide. In a moment when the last eye witnesses of this period disappear, we need to revise our methods and strategies of Holocaust Education. Philosophy of the movement is to mobilize all Roma communities around Europe for the recognition of the the 2nd August as a Memorial Day for Roma Genocide. This is a historical event for the Romani community:
the Roma Civil Society and Roma from the grassroots level are taking the responsibility to write a memory which has been forgotten for more than seventy years, this represents a turning point in their awareness and appears the best way to pay homage to the victims of Roma Genocide to build among the peoples an identity based on the deep knowledge of the past. Philosophy of the movement is to be supported by all . All member of the society should stand up for the recognition of 2nd August and for the contribution of the Roma Culture in the European societies. It is a responsibility of all Europens and of their Member States to give us the respect for the Roma victims in Holocaust of the World War II.