In addition to committing genocide against the Jews, the Nazis committed genocide against the Sinti and Roma. Join us on August 2nd, the day of remembrance of the Roma Genocide to discover testimonies of survivors and remember the victims.
The Roma Genocide
August 2 is an important date for the commemoration of the Roma Genocide. “On the night of 2 to 3 August 1944, the Germans liquidated the so-called ‘Gypsy family camp’ (Zigeunerfamilienlager) of Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Nearly 3,000 children, women and men of the last Roma prisoners were murdered in the gas chambers.” (Auschwitz-Birkenau)
The commemoration will include the reading of testimonies of Roma Genocide survivors, such as Alfreda Markowska, who saved approximately fifty Jewish and Roma children during World War II. (Rromani Resistance) (Photo: Chad Evans Wyatt, pour RomaRising et Jedni z Wielu)
Recognition of August 2
“It is not known precisely how many Roma were killed in the Holocaust. While exact figures or percentages cannot be ascertained, historians estimate that the Germans and their allies killed around 25 percent of all European Roma. Of slightly less than one million Roma believed to have been living in Europe before the war, the Germans and their Axis partners killed up to 220,000.” (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Today, the history of Roma under the Nazi regime remains largely unrecognized. August 2nd has still not officially been recognized as the day of commemoration of the Roma Genocide in Canada.RSVP