International Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

by ERIO on August 2nd, 2013

 “The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again”
(George Santayana)          
Did you know that the 2nd of August is the International Roma Holocaust Memorial Day?

Today is a symbolic day for Roma as on 2nd of August 1944 almost 3.000 Roma and Sinti were gassed at Auschwitz in one day. During Nazism, Roma and Sinti were seen as “racially inferior” with “alien blood” who should be killed. Consequently, they were taken to concentration camps. At Auschwitz, Roma were the third most numerous groups after Jews and Poles.

During Nazism, between 220.000-1.5 millions Roma and Sinti died, either gassed, victims to diseases, undernourishment or medical experiments. Upon liberation, life for Roma was just as difficult as it was before going into concentration camps. Currently, anti-Roma sentiments and discrimination against Roma still exist and are on the increase.  
Find out more:

Our video in 32 languages, including Romanes: "The untold story: Roma Holocaust"
Ivan Ivanov, ERIO director on the Roma Holocaust


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