the Forgotten Voices of the HOLOCAUST of the ROMA during the Second World War


Digital Exhibition on the Forgotten Genocide

The mistreatment and genocide of Sinti and Roma is still frequently overlooked when World War II persecutions are discussed. It took the world, and the Sinti and Roma themselves, decades to recognize the fate they suffered. Today, ethnic minorities known as gypsies or travellers still endure prejudice against them throughout Europe. "The Forgotten Genocide" tells the remarkable stories of six Sinti and Roma children in the 1940s.

The exhibition takes you on a compelling journey through European history. It tells of a young Austrian Roma boy who survived three concentration camps and lived to become a successful artist. A young Dutch girl whose portrait became a symbol for the Jewish persecution, until 50 years on it was discovered that she was Sinti. A German Roma girl who was subjected to pseudo-scientific Nazi medical experiments and miraculously survived years of forced labour.

This impressive exhibition is available in Czech, Polish, German, English and Dutch language. It was produced as part of the European project ‘Requiem for Auschwitz:

Hidden sorrows- Persecution of Romanian Gypsies during the Holocaust (2014)

A documentary about Romanian Roma - featuring survivors describing their experiences during the Holocaust. The film also shows the lives of Roma today and current issues such as poverty and discrimination, traditions such as those displayed at weddings and funerals.

People forget, God remembers (2015) - Miriam Schwartz

Short movie on the Roma Genocide in Baltic States.

A People Uncounted (2011) - Aaron Yeger

A People Uncounted tells the story of the Roma who have been both romanticized and vilified in popular culture. The Roma have endured centuries of intolerance and persecution in Europe, most notably the Holocaust genocide where an estimated 500,000 were murdered. A People Uncounted documents their culturally rich yet often difficult lives, and demonstrates how their present state has been deeply shaped by the tragedies of the past. 

Filmed in 11 countries and featuring dozens of Roma-including Holocaust survivors, historians, activists and musicians. A People Uncounted brings the Romani history to life through the rich interplay of their poetry, music, and compelling first-hand accounts. As ethnic intolerance flares up across Europe, A People Uncounted sheds light on this unique culture while placing the Romani story within the larger context of the world's legacy of racism and genocide.













The exile from Bassarabia, a documentary about Roma holocaust (2013)  

A documentary made by the National Roma Center in cooperation with E-Romani Glinda from Sweden.












The Romani and the Holocaust with Ian Hancock -  Holocaust Living History (2014) 

The Holocaust claimed anywhere between 500,000 and 1.5 million Romani lives, a tragedy the Romani people and Sinti refer to as the Porrajmos, or "the Devouring." Notwithstanding the scope of the catastrophe, the Romani genocide was often ignored or minimized until Ian Hancock and others exposed this misfortune. A Romani-born British citizen, activist, and scholar, Hancock has done more than anyone to raise awareness about the Romani people during World War II. Now a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Hancock is presented here as part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop, a partnership between Judaic Studies at UCSD and the UC San Diego Library.












Valley of Sighs (2014)- (Mihai Andrei Leaha, Andrei Crisan, Iulia Hossu)

Between 1943 and 1945, 25.000 Romani people were deported to Transnistria by the Antonescu regime. Half of them soon died of hunger, cold or other causes. 70 years later, a few survivors, who were of a very young age at that time, recall and give a sad account of those terrible events. The film aims to reconstruct the journey, places and tragic experiences of the past. Interviews with the members of the Ukrainian community from Transnistria expand the stories of the Roma survivors and transform an area nowadays apparently trivial in a place of anthropological value, memories and tears. 










Mémoires tsiganes, l'autre génocide (2011)- (Juliette Jourdan and Idit Bloch)

Ce documentaire raconte l’histoire de la persécution des Tsiganes par les nazis et leurs alliés, d’un bout à l’autre de l’Europe. A partir du témoignage des derniers survivants et  d’images d’archives pour la plupart inédites, ce film identifie les architectes du génocide, parcourt les territoires de l’extermination et décrypte le long processus d’anéantissement de l’une des plus vieilles nations d’Europe, et ses répercutions aujourd’hui.