Education for remembrance of the Roma genocide (2015) (English)
For years, the fate of the Roma people during World War II was referred to as the “forgotten Holocaust”. Indeed, for decades it was. In recent years, however, the plight for Roma Genocide recognition and remembrance has gained an unprecedented momentum, gradually becoming a better-known and widely accepted historical fact. A number of interdependent and parallel developments contributed to this process in three di erent spheres of social practice and discourse: scholarship, commemoration practices and Roma mobilization. The youth – as scholars, educators, multipliers and activists – were o en at the heart of these developments. This volume – conceived as interdisciplinary, cross-institutional and inter-generational – aims at reflecting critically on current developments regarding the Roma Holocaust remembrance and education. We acknowledge the intersecting fields of scholarship, institutional engagement and youth movements, which reinforce each other, and collectively contribute to Roma Genocide education. We hope that this book will stimulate further discussion across disciplines, different fields of engagement, and among the variety of actors involved in Roma Holocaust commemoration and education.
Recovering our collective history starts with educating ourselves to research, write, reflect and act; and then mobilizing others to do the same. By bringing together scholars and activists, Roma and non-Roma, this book contributes to the process of constructing a common collective memory of the Roma Holocaust and constitutes an important element in the e ort to re-educate di erent audiences on the existence of this chapter of European history.
dr Nicoleta Bitu
Three photographs of Frank Roosendaal are included in this book.
This publication has been published in the framework of the project Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative 2014 of ternYpe International Roma Youth Network. The Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative 2014 was organized by Roma Onlus (Italy) and RSO Harangos (Poland) with the particular support of Amaro Drom e.V. (Germany), Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma (Germany) and Phiren Amenca International Network (Hungary/Belgium).