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European Holocaust Remembrance Day for Sinti and Roma 2019


A participant of the youth encounter "Dikh He Na Bister - Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative" in conversation with Ukrainian eyewitness and survivor Ivan Bilashchenko on Holocaust Remembrance Day August 2, 2019 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site. As part of the youth encounter "Dikh He Na Bister" (Romanes for "Look and do not forget"), several hundred young people take part in the commemoration of August 2 every year.August 2 is the European Holocaust Remembrance Day for Sinti and Roma (gender-sensitive Sinti*ze and Rom*nja). On the night of August 2 to 3, 1944, the camp in which Sinti*zze and Rom*nja were imprisoned was liquidated in Auschwitz-Birkenau. After all prisoners who were considered fit for work were deported to Germany for forced labor, SS members murdered the 4200-4300 remaining Rom*nja and Sinti*zze in gas chambers during the night of August 3, 1944 - among them mainly women, children and elderly people.* In total, 90% of the European Rom*nja were murdered during National Socialism (approx. 500,000 people). Every year, the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma and the Polish Roma Association, in cooperation with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, commemorate the persecution and genocide of the Sinti*zze and Rom*nja during National Socialism.


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