Each year on 2 August, we mark Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day, to commemorate the Roma who suffered during the Nazi era.  This day marks the anniversary of the extermination of 3,000 Roma and Sinti in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.

An estimated 11 million people were murdered during the Second World War because of their nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, religious belief, political affiliation or because they were prisoners of war.  The largest single group of people to be murdered during the Holocaust were 6 million Jews.  It is estimated that over 500,000 Roma and Sinti died during the Holocaust.  At least another 500,000 were displaced and dispossessed, their identity papers lost or destroyed.  The Holocaust marked a deep trauma in the Roma community and impacted the whole community deeply.

Roma Remembrance Visit to Auschwitz 2018.

Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative 2018 Participants

Roma Holocaust Commemoration 2017

Roma Holocaust Memorial 2017 (Speakers at the event included Guest of honour, Sabina Higgins, Professor Ethel Brooks, Lynn Jackson, Damaris & Bianca Paun and the event was chaired by Gabi Muntean). ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Campaign for pig farm to be removed from Lety concentration camp

Tica Muntean paying respect to victims of the Roma genocide

Tica Muntean paying respect to victims of the Roma genocide

 

Background information about Roma and the Holocaust

Statement by Rita Izsák, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues

Roma Resources

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