Lost in the flames

Commemoration event in Nemecká, Slovakia

On 26th till 30th of June Roma and non-Roma youth from all around the Europe met in a small village Valaská near Banská Bystrica in Central Slovakia. met the on “TACKLING HATE SPEECH ONLINE AND OFFLINE” event that was organized by Phiren Amenca, Youth Against Antigypsyism, Center Amalipe and Association of Young Roma, that provided accommodation and organization of the entire event.

The event “TACKLING HATE SPEECH ONLINE AND OFFLINE” was organized by the cooperation of Phiren Amenca, Youth Against Antigypsyism, Center Amalipe and Association of Young Roma, that provided accommodation and organization of the entire event. The objectives of the training course were building the capacities of Roma and non-Roma youth leaders and their youth organizations in European environment with regard to topics like identifying the hate speech and antigypsyism in the offline and online environment and how is this perceived from the perspective of the participants’ reality, recognizing the terminology that is used in this context (what is hate speech? what is freedom of speech? what is Antigypsyism? etc.) and the complexity and intersectionality of these phenomena as well as reviewing existent and successful campaigns and tools for combating hate speech and fostering non-formal education.

Today, part of team of Dikh He Na Bister – Roma Genocide Remembrance together with Phiren Amenca , visited the the Memorial of Nemecká, also known as the Memorial to the Martyrs.

Among the murdered were Roma, Jews but also Slovak and foreign partisans, opponents of fascism and also those who helped to these people. The victims were not only men and women, but also children, according to some sources, the youngest child who died here was only 8 weeks old. Their bodies were later thrown into the oven in the lime factory. At one occasion it was called as “the 47th oven of Auschwitz”.



The monument symbolizing the flame, along with the documentation center, stands for a stronger commemoration movement and awareness on the victims murdered in the aftermath of the suppression of the Slovak National Uprising.

The number of victims is estimated between 500 to 900, among which were Roma and Sinti also.

There’s also a special section about the persecution of Slovak Roma and the reprisals directed at them in the course of the retaliations after the SNP. There is a monument dedicated to the Sinti and Roma victims, with a message in #RomaniLanguage.

The trip concluded with the final visit to the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising. It specializes in documenting the development of the Slovak society in the wartime years 1938 – 1945. We marked our visit with a small #commemoration ceremony, where we paid tribute to the victims with flowers to the monument.

The project is funded by the EVZ Foundation and the Federal Foreign Office as part of the program YOUNG PEOPLE remember.