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2012, Holocaust, Hungary, Nazi

Remembering Pharrajimos, the Roma Holocaust

“On a sweltering summer evening, as the River Danube sparkled in the sun, more than 1500 people came to remember the victims of the Roma Holocaust. Ambassadors, artists, activists, religious leaders and musicians gathered along with hundreds of ordinary Roma at Budapest’s Nehru park to commemorate the murder by the Nazi regime of more than 500,000 Roma during the Second World War.

Roma Holocaust Day was a poignant mixture of solemn remembrance of the dead intertwined with a celebration of Roma life and culture. Held every year on August 2 to reference the murder on that date in 1944 of 2900 inmates of Auschwitz’s “gypsy camp” on the orders of SS chief Heinrich Himmler, the event proved how a tragic past can inspire a hopeful future.”

via Remembering Pharrajimos, the Roma Holocaust.

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