The forgotten holocaust
babelmed - 20/09/2015
"Hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti were murdered during the Second World War and it has been forgotten because we the Roma and Sinti people were not organized. We weren’t organized before the Nazi period, during the war or even after the war. The real question is why the world still doesn’t know about it" Zoni Weisz, a Sinti Holocaust survivor, explains why he calls the Roma Holocaust "a forgotten Holocaust". Weisz was seven years old when his parents and siblings were killed by the Nazis.
And he goes on to say that it is important to keep talking about what happened 70 years ago: "My family was murdered in the Holocaust. I’m the only survivor of my family. I’m convinced we have to talk about what happened 70 years ago, so that it will never happen again."
European Roma Rights Center (ERRC), an international organisation combatting human rights abuse of Roma in Europe, launched an online campaign to make the Roma Holocaust known to more people providing information about the August 2, 1944 killings in the gas chambers of Birkenau where 2,898 Roma people were murdered.
ERRC has published some photos provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate the day: