MemoROM

“KEEPING THE MEMORY ALIVE: THE ROMA AND SINTI HOLOCAUST”

December 2013-March 2015
ERIO is the leading partner of this project funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme "Europe for Citizens". The project is implemented in five different countries (Belgium, France, Spain, Bulgaria and Germany) from December 2013 until March 2015. 

Aims of the project
This project aimed to create an International Roma and Sinti Remembrance Network to raise awareness about the Roma and Sinti Holocaust in order to fight discrimination, prejudices and stereotypes about these communities. By rediscovering the relatively unknown history of the Roma and Sinti Holocaust, we expect to promote tolerance, mutual understanding, and intercultural dialogue between Roma and non-Roma.

11 events have been carried out within this project:

Event 1 – National workshop in Belgium
Participation: The event involved 26 citizens, including 24 participants from Belgium and 2 participants from Bulgaria
Location / Dates: The event took place in Brussels (Belgium), from 26/02/2014 to 26/02/2014   
Short description: The aim of the event was to discuss the challenges faced at national level when it comes to raising awareness about the Roma and Sinti Holocaust and fighting prejudices, and what can be done to overcome them. Its purpose was to outline the Roma and Sinti experiences during WWII and their consequences for today’s Roma and Sinti.
 
Event 2 – National workshop in Spain
Participation: The event involved 53 citizens, including 44 participants from Spain, 3 participants from Poland, 2 participants from the Netherlands, 2 participants from Bulgaria, 1 participant from France and1 participant from Italy.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Barcelona (Spain), from 28/02/2014 to 28/02/2014    
Short description: The aim of the event was to discuss the challenges faced at national level when it comes to raising awareness about the Roma and Sinti Holocaust and fighting prejudices, and what can be done to overcome them. Its objective was also to draw attention to the continuity of prejudices about Roma and to the link between their history of discrimination and persecution and their present situation.  
 
Event 3 – National workshop in France
Participation: The event involved 28 citizens, including 27 participants from France and 1 participant from Tunis.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Macon (France), from 26/02/2014 to 26/02/2014   
Short description: The aim of the event was to discuss the challenges faced at national level when it comes to raising awareness about the Roma and Sinti Holocaust and fighting prejudices, and what can be done to overcome them. Its purpose was to promote reflections on the need to give visibility to the Roma and Sinti Holocaust, internment and resistance history during WWII. 
 
Event 4 – National workshop in Germany
Participation: The event involved 28 citizens, including 20 participants from Germany, 4 participants from Slovakia and 4 participants form Bulgaria
Location / Dates: The event took place in Berlin (Germany), from 20/02/2014 to 21/02/2014   
Short description: The aim of the event was to discuss the challenges faced at national level when it comes to raising awareness about the Roma and Sinti Holocaust and fighting prejudices, and what can be done to overcome them. Its purpose was to raise awareness among young Roma and non-Roma on the Holocaust and to remember the history of the Roma and Sinti during the Second World War.  
 
Event 5 – National workshop in Bulgaria
Participation: The event involved 83 citizens, including 82 participants from Bulgaria, 1 participant from Belgium.
Location / Dates: The event took place Haskovo (Bulgaria), from 6 /4/2014 to 7/4/2014
Short description: The aim of the event was to discuss the challenges faced at national level when it comes to raising awareness about the Roma and Sinti Holocaust and fighting prejudices, and what can be done to overcome them.
 
Event 6 – National screening/debate in Belgium
Participation: The event involved 53 citizens, including 25 participants from Belgium, 27 participants from Hungary and 1 from the Netherlands.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Brussels (Belgium), from 12/12/2014 to 12/12/2014   
Short description: The aim of the event was to screen and discuss the documentary produced on the Roma and Sinti Holocaust as part of the project.
 
Event 7 – National screening/debate in Spain
Participation: The event involved 59 citizens, including 52 participants from Spain, 2 participants from Romania, 2 participants from Hungary, 1 participant from Poland, 1 participant from France, and 1 participant from the Netherlands.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Barcelona (Spain), from 02/12/2014 to 02/12/2014   
Short description: The aim of the event was to screen and discuss the documentary produced on the Roma and Sinti Holocaust as part of the project.
 
Event 8 – National screening/debate in France
Participation: The event involved 50 citizens, including 50 participants from France.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Paris (France), from 09/12/2014 to 09/12/2014   
Short description: The aim of the event was to screen and discuss the documentary produced on the Roma and Sinti Holocaust as part of the project.
 
Event 9 – National screening/debate in Germany
Participation: The event involved 52 citizens, including 40 participants from Germany, 8 participants from Slovakia and 4 participants from Bulgaria
Location / Dates: The event took place in Berlin (Germany), from 16/12/2014 to 17/ 12/2014
Short description: The aim of the event was to screen and discuss the documentary produced on the Roma and Sinti Holocaust as part of the project.
 
Event 10 – National screening/debate in Bulgaria
Participation: The event involved 95 citizens, including 94 participants from Bulgaria and 1 participant from Belgium.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Haskovo (Bulgaria), from 21/12/2014 to 22/12/2014
Short description: The aim of the event was to screen and discuss the documentary produced on the Roma and Sinti Holocaust as part of the project.
 
Event 11 – Final conference
Participation: The event involved 91 citizens, including, 57 participants from Belgium, 8 participants from France, 8 participants from the Netherlands, 3 participants from Sweden, 2 participants from Spain, 2 participants from Bulgaria, 2 participants from Hungary, 2 participants from Germany, 2 participants from the UK, 2 participants from Slovakia, 1 participant from the Czech Republic, 1 participant from Kosovo and 1 participant from Serbia
Location / Dates: The event took place in Brussels (Belgium), from 30/01/2015 to 30/01/2015     
Short description: The aim of the event was to present the main findings and results of the project.

3 communication tools have been produced during the project implementation:

Communication tool 1: A website
The project website includes information about the project, its activities and results.
http://www.romasintiholocaust.eu
 
Communication tool 2: A DVD on the Roma and Sinti Holocaust
The DVD on the Roma and Sinti Holocaust includes interviews with Sinti survivors and experts. It aims to raise awareness about the Roma and Sinti Holocaust. Subtitled in several languages, the DVD is available in hard copies and online: http://www.romasintiholocaust.eu/en/video
 
Communication tool 3: Action plan on raising awareness about the Roma and Sinti Holocaust
An action plan on raising awareness about the Roma and Sinti Holocaust was elaborated in order to provide concrete suggestions on the actions to be taken to promote a better knowledge and understanding of Roma history, in particular the Roma and Sinti Holocaust.
 
http://www.romasintiholocaust.eu/images/PDF-Documents/ActionPlanFinal.pdf
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Project Nº 547887-EFC-1-2013-1-BE-EFC-REM

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