Program

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

morning: Opening ceremony and market of youth activism
The opening ceremony will inaugurate the youth conference and introduce the history and aims of the initiative. The market of youth activism will enable the youth groups from around Europe to share their activism in stands, small discussion and participative actions groups.

afternoon: Workshops with experts on the Roma Genocide
participants can choose 2 different workshops lasting each about 1,5 hours

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

morning: Working groups on youth activism and change
Working groups will give space to start different initiatives, and to raise the youth activism on grassroots level, as well as through transnational cooperation.

afternoon: Public Conference at Pedagogical University of Cracow
The public conference will focus on the following issues.
PANEL 1: The history of the Roma Genocide and antigypsyism in the past & present
PANEL 2: Holocaust Education among young generations
Plenary and closing: Recognition, Remembrance and Youth Activism for Change

afternoon (optional program)
These visits shall enable

the participants to come closer to the topics of the Roma Genocide and the Holocaust in general, by visiting the Schindler’s factory, Karzimierz Jewish district and by meeting with Holocaust survivors.

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

On August 2nd we will organize a youth commemoration ceremony in Auschwitz-Birkenau. The ceremony is prepared by young people from all over Europe and welcomes over 400 young people. A part of our international youth group is also invited to attend the official ceremony in Auschwitz-Birkenau (12 o’clock in Birkenau).

Provisional program:

06.45 Departures of Group 1 from Krakow
08.00 Guided tours in Auschwitz-Birkenau
12.00

Participation of youth delegation in official commemoration ceremony

14.30 Meeting point at the Birkenau entrance
15.00 Youth Commemoration Ceremony
17.00 Return to Krakow

In the night of August 2nd to 3rd 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. On this day we remember the countless people who were persecuted and murdered as “gypsies” under the Nazi rule. Just in Auschwitz there were approximately 23.000 out of half a million Sinti and Roma who were murdered by the Nazis in Europe. The 2nd of August reminds us of these issues but at the same time it reminds us to intervene and fight the multifaceted and never-ending discrimination of Sinti and Roma.

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

morning: Reflection & Working Groups
The reflection groups will enable the participants in small groups to reflect about their experiences, especially the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau and the commemoration event. The groups will discuss about culture of remembrance, and Holocaust Education among young people.

afternoon: Closing plenary
presentation of the conclusions about “youth activism and change”
Panel: How to strengthen our cooperation and engagement for social change?
Public action

evening: ternYpe Youth Festival and goodbye party