This video statement by FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty was recorded on the occasion of the Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma on 2 August 2020.
“We must acknowledge, celebrate and build awareness of the extraordinary diversity of the Roma, Sinti and Travellers communities - and of their history. We must embed the Porajmos in the curricula in our schools, we must talk about it.”
On 2 August, we commemorate the last 4,300 Sinti and Roma in the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, who were murdered by the SS on that night in 1944 despite their fierce resistance. In memory of all 500,000 Sinti and Roma murdered in Nazi-occupied Europe, the European Parliament declared this date the European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma in 2015.