O BARO PORRAJMOS, Major Group, commemorates Roma in WWII and life worthy of living.
a. Identifies, documents and shares research and artistic works representing O Baro Porrajmos;
b. Researches and presents lingering effects and parallels with present day situations.
COORDINATORS: Ciuin Ferrin, Félix Monget, Janna Eliot
Latest Activity: Nov 19, 2014
According to an article released on 25 January on the Romea.cz website, ceremonies in Prague and Terezin will focus only on the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Organizers state that the rising tide of anti-Semitism makes the topic more urgent than ever.
"Attacks targeting European Jews are currently common, deadly and unrelenting. What is worse, however, is that various communities, media outlets and public officials around Europe are beginning to justify them. We must dedicate due attention to this challenge and face it," European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor said.
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek is quoted as saying "the past is reaching out to touch what is going on around us. Unfortunately, we are witnessing in Europe today what may be a similar ostracizing of a certain group of people. It is as if the mechanisms that launched the Holocaust have been set in motion again. Finding a way to face evil while not increasing hatred is our difficult task today."
I had to read that several times. "It is as if the mechanisms that launched the Holocaust have been set in motion again."
What he has not seen, perhaps cannot see, is that the Holocaust has never really ended for the most marginalized and vilified people in Europe, the Romani. Romani face forced sterilizations, illegal evictions, deportations, denial of education, beatings, persecution, discrimination, murder, and the list goes on. One could say of the Roma that ‘These attacks are currently common, deadly, and unrelenting. And yes, what is worse, is that various communities, media outlets and public officials around Europe are beginning to justify them.’
On 20 October 2011, then Commissioner for Human Rights for the Council of Europe Thomas Hammarberg said “The importance of teaching about Roma history cannot be overemphasized. Teaching about Roma history, raising awareness of the Roma genocide during the Second World War, and building and maintaining memorial sites are the least states could do to honour Roma victims.”
He goes on to state that “we need to act directly on the general population to eradicate anti-Gypsyism. [T]his must be done through teaching of Roma history and culture.”
The general population does not see that the Holocaust has not ended for the Romani because the Romani are not even included in services and ceremonies. Romani victims of the Holocaust are still labeled as “Other Victims.” It is this lack of education that has led to the blind spot in the vision of people everywhere, both government and civilian.
Moshe Kantor is correct. “We must dedicate due attention to this challenge and face it.” We must continue with every effort to be seen and heard. We must take every opportunity to educate those around us. Never stop screaming.
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