Roma and Sinti victims of Nazis remembered at Auschwitz

Every August 2nd, the Roma and the Sinti commemorate the members of their communities who were murdered by the Nazis at a moving ceremony at Auschwitz; the head of the Polish Jewish community was in attendance, and the Polish Prime Minister sent a statement of support. Roma Holocaust survivors and community leaders paid tribute at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp Tuesday to its Roma and Sinti victims who, like the Jews, were condemned to destruction under Nazi Germany’s murderous ideology. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum said that hundreds took part, with Roma participants joined by Polish government officials, members of the Jewish community, diplomats and others.  In total some 23,000 Roma and Sinti died in the so-called “Zigeunerfamilienlager” (“Gypsy family camp”) at Auschwitz-Birkenau or in the gas chambers. In total, hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti were killed in the Holocaust.   The leader of Poland’s Roma community, Roman Kwiatkowski, spoke of the need for solidarity – citing Pope Francis, who recently said the world is in a state of war.  “We need solidarity all the more. Especially us Roma, who have never started any war but are the victims of each of them,” he said in a speech to those gathered, according to details provided by the Auschwitz museum. “With all my heart I thank all of those who are not Roma for choosing to be here with us today, to honor the memory of our murdered brothers. They were also your brothers.”

via ynetnews: Roma and Sinti victims of Nazis remembered at Auschwitz

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