30 July, 2014

Local commemorations of 2 August Roma Genocide Day

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Category: Activism, European Action Day, remebrance, Roma Genocide
Ruxandra Pandea
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Roma Genocide Commemorations worldwide


Commemorations of 2 August are taking place worldwide this year alongside the commemorations in Krakow and Auschwitz. Here you can find information about these commemorations acts and join them in case you cannot join us in Krakow and Auschwitz.

If you are an organiser, you are invited to contact us to place information about your event on our website too.

If you would like to organise a commemoration act or activity, you can find inspiration here.



1 August, 12:00, Council of Europe, forecourt of the Palais de l’Europe

Organiser: European Roma and Travellers Forum

The programme of the commemoration:

OPENING of the Commemoration
ONE MINUTE SILENCE for the Roma victims of the Holocaust/Pharrajimos
SPEECH delivered by the President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum
SPEECHES Delivered by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues
VIDEO MESSAGE from the “Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative”
LAYING DOWN THE WREATH in front of the Holocaust memorial stone
R.S.V.P. Tel.: 03 90 21 43 31 or E-mail: info@ertf.org


Red Cross Concentration Camp, Crveski Krst, Niš, Serbia, 2 August

Organiser: Reconstruction Women’s Fund

Reconstruction Women’s Fund runs a programme entitled „Mirror“ that aims at supporting associated young women to actively participate in decision making that affects their lives.

As part of this programme, „Indigo“ Group for Children and Youth in partnership with Terra del Fuoco organises the project „Step In – Step Out“, a summer camp with 30 youth, Roma and non-Roma from Italy and Serbia, in Niš (2-6 August 2014).

Within the summer camp, participants will commemorate 2 August at the Red Cross Concentration Camp, they will also visit the Roma and Jewish Cemetery, Roma cult place Zajdebaca, and Bubanj, and will learn about the project ‘Train of Memory’ organized by Terra del Fuoco for Italian students to learn about the Holocaust.


 Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial, London, United Kingdom, 2 August, 12:00

Organiser: Traveller Solidarity Movement and 8th April Movement, Gipsy Council, European Roma Network and others

The commemoration will remember the victims and honour their resistance. It will reflect on the current challenges of racism and rise of extreme right in Europe. Ladislav Balaz, chair of the Europe Roma Network, declared: “We must be as ready to fight for our lives, and our rights,  as were those who resisted the fascists back then.”

In the run up to the commemoration, the ERN and other Roma organizations are renewing calls to Prime Minister David Cameron to demonstrate that he recognizes their right to equal

status by appointing Roma representatives to his Holocaust Commission.


Berlin, Memorial to the Murdered Sinti and Roma in Nazi Germany, 2 August, 10:00

Address: Simsonweg, 10557 Berlin

Organiser: Amaro Foro e.V.

The commemoration programme will start at 10:00 with a speech by representatives of Amaro Foro e.V and by Slavisa Markovic, Rroma act, Rroma Information Center and will also include the Djelem, Djelem, Roma anthem, the reading of the names of the victims, commemoration acts to give tribute to the memory of the victims.

12:30  Screening of a film on the deportations to the death camps in Transnistria

Address: NFJ-Büro , Weichselstraße 13/14,12045 Berlin

Screening of the film “Soške na rove?” / “De ce nu Plangi?”, one of the few documentaries about the deportation and extermination of Romanian Roma in Transnistria during the Second World War.

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  1. Maggi Farmer

    I am unable to find all the exact details, but a professor friend in Budapest has told me that this
    Saturday, 2 Aug 2014 in Budapest there will be an art exhibition opening in Gallery 8 in the middle of VIII. district,
    and from 5 pm nearby a memorial walk starts to the Danube.
    Also, there is an honorary concert tonight, Thursday, 31 July at the Holocaust Memorial Center. It is free and also has live-streaming and with more info here: http://www.hdke.hu/en/concert-honoring-victims-roma-holocaust


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