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O BARO PORRAJMOS

O BARO PORRAJMOS, Major Group, commemorates Roma in WWII and life worthy of living.

Proposed projects:

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

Members: 30
Latest Activity: Jul 31

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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. 

  

Discussion Forum

A Classroom Comment Sparks Debate

Started by Ciuin Ferrin. Last reply by Ciuin Ferrin Mar 29, 2015. 2 Replies

Recently, at the University, a student expressed her thoughts on the Holocaust.The class was discussing a mass grave found in what is now a city park but at the time of the Holocaust, the park was…Continue

Letter to President Obama re: Nomination of Dr. Ethel Brooks to the US Holocaust Museum Board

Started by Ciuin Ferrin. Last reply by Stoimen Jul 16, 2014. 2 Replies

This information was released to many Romani informational new sites. Please read the introduction and the letter below. You may follow the link in the instructions to sign the letter. You may print…Continue

What interests and/or programs are out there?

Started by Ciuin Ferrin. Last reply by KristinaLisa <Tinari * Tina B> Oct 29, 2013. 8 Replies

Do you have a program you are working on or already presenting? Do you have materials another group can use? Do you want to join a group that is working on a program? Let everyone know what you are…Continue

Tags: ideas, Porrjamos

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Comment by Arisztid on February 10, 2014 at 17:02

I think that might be a good plan.  By now I tend to switch it up when I write because the Sinti get ignored way too much.  I write "Rroma and Sinti" one place, "Sinti and Rroma" in another, kind of in the hopes people get the hint.

Another issue that I can't see being resolved was addressed by Niko above: "The 'Porrjamos' shall be written as 'Porrajmos, Porrajimos'. This word sounds bad here in Europe inspite Janko le Redzosko stands for it, and there is another, similar, word 'Pharrajimos' which means the same and sounds neutrally.

I really like this but don't expect it to become standard, sadly.  I was thinking of writing it that way but then realized that even fewer people would know what I am talking about.  I already have to explain it to most and, if they google 'Pharrajimos' instead of Porrajmos, they are not going to turn up results. 

Comment by Robert RUSTEM on April 24, 2014 at 12:09
Comment by Robert RUSTEM on April 24, 2014 at 12:09
Comment by Robert RUSTEM on April 24, 2014 at 12:10
Comment by Robert RUSTEM on April 24, 2014 at 12:11

REVEAL THE HISTORY - HONOUR THE VICTIMS

EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY DESIGN A STAMP

2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the genocide committed against Roma during the Second World War. The Roma nation commemorates this tragedy on August 2nd, the date on which over 3,000 Roma were exterminated in the evening of 2nd August 1944 in gas chamber V of "Zigeunerlager BIII" at Auschwitz – Birkenau. The genocide on Roma during the Second World War is by far the greatest tragedy in Roma history.

The official recognition of the genocide committed against Roma on a national and international level, is of crucial importance to fighting and eliminating the anti-Gypsyism that unfortunately is happening throughout all of Europe to this day.

Due to the significance of this topic and in the light of the 70th anniversary, the ERTF would like to mark August 2nd in a special way in 2014. We are therefore looking to issue a postal stamp, in order to spread awareness and to promote the importance of August 2nd.

The design of this stamp is something we would like to involve you in, and we therefore invite designers, artists and creative souls to join our efforts and submit their ideas to the ERTF Secretariat (
info@ertf.org
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) by 30 May 2014. The design of the postal stamp is for you to interpret and devise but should meet the following technical requirements: size 35,5 mm x 25,5 mm, quality 300 dpi minimum and 756x1100 pixels, format JPG.

The 3 best proposals will be shortlisted and posted on our Facebook page so that the winner can be selected through a vote. The most voted upon design will be printed in June. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of 200 euros.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the ERTF Secretariat.

Read more about genocide committed against Roma during the Second World War on: http://www.opusidea.eu/trr/index.php?PHPSESSID=4b7ee0086772f2493b1f... www.2august.ertg.org http://www.muzeum.tarnow.pl/artykul.php?typ=6 http://www.sintiundroma.de/ http://2august.eu/ http://www.historywiz.com/roma.htm

The European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) is Europe's largest Romani organization. Its mission is to ensure equal rights and opportunities for Roma in Europe as well as increasing political participation. The ERTF actively contributes to the fight against anti-Gypsyism and is fully committed to the promotion of the official recognition of the genocide committed against Roma.

Comment by KristinaLisa <Tinari * Tina B> on April 24, 2014 at 19:52

NAIS TUKE, Mr. Robert!

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Discussion Forum

A Classroom Comment Sparks Debate

Started by Ciuin Ferrin. Last reply by Ciuin Ferrin Mar 29, 2015. 2 Replies

Recently, at the University, a student expressed her thoughts on the Holocaust.The class was discussing a mass grave found in what is now a city park but at the time of the Holocaust, the park was located in the woods. The debate raged in the town…Continue

Letter to President Obama re: Nomination of Dr. Ethel Brooks to the US Holocaust Museum Board

Started by Ciuin Ferrin. Last reply by Stoimen Jul 16, 2014. 2 Replies

This information was released to many Romani informational new sites. Please read the introduction and the letter below. You may follow the link in the instructions to sign the letter. You may print this letter or write one of your own, but if you…Continue

What interests and/or programs are out there?

Started by Ciuin Ferrin. Last reply by KristinaLisa <Tinari * Tina B> Oct 29, 2013. 8 Replies

Do you have a program you are working on or already presenting? Do you have materials another group can use? Do you want to join a group that is working on a program? Let everyone know what you are doing so we can bring the right people together for…Continue

Tags: ideas, Porrjamos

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