Gabi Mutean, Community Development Worker talks about Roma Resistance
“We commemorate the uprisings at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration
camp of Roma prisoners. The SS came to the
Gypsy Camp to send all the prisoners to the gas chamber .
“The Roma prisoners armed themselves with stones and tools and
barricaded themselves in the barracks so that the SS could not exterminate them
on that day.
“I am thinking how much of courage those people had – how brave they werw, to fight against guards and to defend them and
their families. This is why we always have to remember them.
Although the revolt was unsuccessful the Gypsy Camp was destroyed and
2900 Roma people were killed on the 2nd of August 1944 – we take courage from
We will always remember them. During COVID19 we also think of the loss and suffering in our community and work together for a better day.”
Photos from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum