World Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma: European Minister of State Roth criticizes German culture of remembrance

15:50  01 august  2020
15:50  01 august  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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The Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism is a memorial in Berlin, Germany . The monument is dedicated to the memory of the 220,000 – 500,000 people murdered in the Porajmos – the Nazi genocide of the European Sinti and Roma peoples.

The Roma Holocaust Memorial Day (known with various slightly different names) on August 2 commemorates the victims of the Romani genocide (Porajmos)

On Sunday, the murder of Sinti and Roma during National Socialism is commemorated. Minister of State Roth found the state of knowledge to be "shameful".

Der Europa-Staatsminister im Auswärtigen Amt, Michael Roth. © Photo: imago images / photothek Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth.

On the occasion of the European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma this Sunday, the Minister of State for Europe Foreign Office, Michael Roth (SPD), complained of shortcomings in the German culture of remembrance. "It is still shameful that we in Germany know far too little about what we did to the Sinti and Roma during National Socialism," said Roth told Tagesspiegel on Sunday: "Over the past few decades we have failed to make it clear that Sinti and Roma have also suffered from the National Socialist terror."

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Sinti and Roma have lived in Europe for 600 years. Under the Nazis they were marginalized, forcibly sterilized and murdered. The site is a reminder of the fight against discrimination for the world's Sinti and Roma , particularly on International Romani Day .

German officials honored the Roma and Sinti victims of the Nazi regime on Friday. However, Romani people faced discrimination in Germany long before Nazis took power, with the local population stereotyping them as vagabonds and thieves.

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and Roma in the Europe occupied by the Nazis. On August 2, 1944, the last Sinti and Roma were murdered in the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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Sinti and Roma : Gypsies in German -Speaking Society and Literature. A collection of seven addresses given at the Symposium on Roma and Sinti during the Holocaust that was held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in September 2000.

German officials honored the Roma and Sinti victims of the Nazi regime on Friday. Michael Müller, the chairman of Germany 's Bundesrat, said the Roma working in the service of the state were soon fired because of their "non-Aryan" background. Adolf Hitler's regime also classified the Roma as a group

For the commemoration in Auschwitz, the chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Romani Rose, is expected. Due to the corona, the ceremony is primarily virtual. The memorial for the murdered Sinti and Roma in the Tiergarten is a place of remembrance in Berlin. Because of the planned tunnel for the City-S-Bahn 21, there had been fear that the

monument must be temporarily dismantled or closed. "Nothing can happen without the representatives of the Roma community agreeing to this," said Minister of State for Europe Roth. "The memorial is a very special place that tries to restore its dignity to the many forgotten victims of the genocide of the Sinti and Roma." Roma and Sinti suffer from the

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Erinnerungskultur (from German ), or Culture of Remembrance , is the interaction of an individual or a society with their past and history. In the strictest sense

The Roma Holocaust was an attempt by the Nazi regime and its supporters to exterminate the Romani people of Europe . She praised a recent recommendation adopted by the Committee of Ministers for all 47 Council of Europe @ Jarek Praszkiewicz, Central Council of German Sinti and Roma (2018).

pandemic In view of the Corona crisis, Roth said that the

pandemic particularly vulnerable groups, including the Sinti and Roma as the largest ethnic minority in Europe. "In addition, Sinti and Roma are unfortunately exposed to the usual stereotypes and clichés." The Minister of State pointed out that in October during the German EU Presidency, the EU Commission launched the new framework strategy for equal participation and the fight against antigypsyism wants to present the period from 2021 to 2030. "Sinti and Roma still have too little access to education, housing, health care, well-paid work and social participation," said the SPD politician. Metallurgical warehouses in France are cleared again

In France, the end of the Corona emergency means that smelting warehouses by Sinti and Roma are increasingly being cleared again. The exit restrictions had resulted in the authorities temporarily suspending evictions. Camps with more than 400 people were already cleared last month. Aid organizations warned that almost 2,000 people, mostly Sinti and Roma, could be affected by further evictions in August. In a letter to several ministers, an alliance of aid organizations drew attention to the fact that this would completely undermine the medical care that was provisionally secured in the iron and steel camps.

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