Memorial service for the Holocaust’s roma victims

By on August 1, 2017

Tomorrow, August 2, helds a memorial service for the Holocaust’s roma victim at Raoul Wallenberg Square in Stockholm. The memorial service is organized by Sweden’s International Roma Film Festival in collaboration with the Living History Forum.

The night between 2 and 3 August 1944, the remaining 3,000 Romanian prisoners were executed in the German extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in occupied Poland. SS soldiers drove them to the gas chambers for a safe death. Eventually, the event has come to be called “Zigenarnatten”.

In Auschwitz-Birkenau, 20,000 Romans were killed. They were tattooed with the letter Z and placed in a special department where thousands of adults and children were routinely gassed or beaten to death, died of disease, malnutrition or in medical experiments.

– Persecution and cruelty against Romans neither began or ended with Auschwitz. It is therefore important that government and civil society merge to keep the memory of “Zigenarnatten” alive, says Ingrid Lomfors, superintendent of the Living History Forum.

To remember and honor the Roman victims of the Holocaust, a memorial evening will be held on Wednesday, August 2 at 14.00. Domino Kai, Chairman, Sweden’s International Roma Film Festival greets welcome. Then follows speech of:

– Berith Kalander, daughter of survivor Hanna Dimitri
– Emerich Roth, survivor of the Holocaust
– Diana Nyman, Chairman, Roman Council in Gothenburg City
– Aron Verständig, Chairman, Jewish Central Council
– Ingrid Lomfors, superintendent, Forum for Living History
– Christel Tholse Willers, CEO, Education Radio

The memory ends at 14.45 with candle ignition and quiet minute, followed by song with Trion Hjilosko Drom.

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