The DiKH He Na Bister initiative is part of the remembrance activities for the 75th anniversary of 2 August – European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2019.
About 500 young Roma and non-Roma people from all over the world gathered in Krakow, Poland to share stories, learn about history and commemorate the atrocities of the past – and to get empowered to face the challenges of today!
The workshops also dealt with the period after the end of the war and the supposed end of the Holocaust. The civil rights work of Romani Rose and the need for political Rose’s civil rights work and the need for political pressure on the respective governments. the hunger strike in Dachau. Furthermore, the long road to the formal recognition of the genocide of Sinti and Roma by the FRG, up to the founding of the the founding of the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg and the opening of the memorial inaugurated in Berlin in 2012.
Also the long suffering of survivors who had to fight for recognition as victims of the Holocaust and for Holocaust and for appropriate compensation was also discussed. Thus the dialogue with Holocaust survivors was the focus of the youth memorial trip.
Raymond Gureme, who, as a French “Manouche” (Sinti living in France), was forced by the National Socialists forced labour by the National Socialists, who managed to escape and join the French resistance, inspired and encouraged the young people to speak out against the against the current discrimination against Sinti and Roma.
This led to exciting discussions on the question of the extent to which relics of the old persecution are still anchored in the perception of the European population and and how the prejudices and discrimination affect the lives of young Roma. Roma. “Dikh He Na Bister” offered above all the opportunity to meet people, with people from different backgrounds – Roma and non-Roma. This year’s youth memorial trip served as a platform for young people from all over Europe to broaden their horizons, creating a positive, forward-looking sense of community. was created. Roma and non-Roma were able to have impressive and lasting experiences about their own and the other’s culture, so that intercultural bridges could be built between the participants. bridges could be built between the participants.
On the occasion of the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 and to promote the inclusion of young Roma and non-Roma people into commemorations in Poland and other European states they shared their messages about the importance of remembrance, challenging antigypsyism and youth activism.