EU Commissioners on Roma Holocaust Memorial Day: Too many Roma are victims of hate crime in Europe

News server NewEurope.eu reports that First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, and Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner Věra Jourová have issued a joint statement on the occasion of Roma Holocaust Memorial Day. The statement recalls that on the night of 2 to 3 August 1944, around 3 000 Roma men, women and children from the “Gypsy family camp” of Auschwitz-Birkenau were murdered in the gas chambers. Those were just some of the hundreds of thousands of victims of the Roma genocide who were killed by the Nazis and their allies. The Roma were one of the many groups who fell victim to the Holocaust. It is in memory of all these innocent victims and the horrific injustice they suffered and died from that the European Commission commemorates Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on 2 August. “Against a backdrop of increasingly divisive rhetoric, hate speech and hate crime,” the Commissioners statement says,”it is important to recall these dark moments in our history and learn the lessons of the past.”

via romea.cz: EU Commissioners on Roma Holocaust Memorial Day: Too many Roma are victims of hate crime in Europe

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