Image via WikipediaRemembering the Roma Holocaust honours the “silent voices” of the many victims of the Nazi terror and gives meaning to the fight against racism and intolerance.
This was the message of Rudko Kawczynski, President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum today at a commemoration event at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.
A minute's silence marked the deaths of the many thousands of Roma and Sinti people killed at the Aushwitz death camp on 2 August 1944.
Kawczynski said the holocaust, known as the Pharraimos, had affected greatly the Roma community.
“The Holocaust was a monumental crime," he added. "We approach life with fewer illusions.
“It's been a long struggle. Roma suffering went largely unnoticed for decades as nations pursued racist practices against Roma and Sinti.
“This holocaust memorial has a role to play in combating anti gypsyism. Racist ideologies have not vanished from our world. The suffering of millions should not be in vain."
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