Sunday, August 02, 2020

European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

Today we remember the victims of the Sinti and Roma genocide committed by the Nazis.

On August 2, 1944, the last 4,300 Sinti and Roma still living in the so-called "gypsy camp" were murdered in the gas chambers of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. This day marks the Nazi Holocaust of perhaps more than 500,000 Sinti and Roma.

Racist nationalism has once again taken hold in many countries across Europe in the form of nationalist parties and governments. we have seen an increase in hatred toward Sinti and Roma, Jews, migrants and asylum seekers.  Social problems have always been blamed on minorities.

The Sinti and Roma have been living in Europe for more than 700 years, and are citizens of their home countries. The Nazis systematically detained and marginalized them, denied them citizenship, deported them and, in the end, tried to exterminate them completely. 

Anti-Semitism and anti-Gypsyism were the very essence of the Third Reich, and it resulted in the Holocaust — a crime against humanity.

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