PHARRAJIMOS

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



“THE FORGOTTEN VOICES” project



During the Second World War over half a million Roma were exterminated by the Nazis not because they werecriminals or a danger to society but because they were considered to be ethnically inferior and not fit to live.In view of the enormity of this crime, one is justified to ask why, after 70 years, no official recognition of thisgenocide has been forthcoming from our European states nor has this tragic event been recorded in our historybooks. And yet, it is this genocide which is at the roots of today’s anti-Gypsyism.Only the official recognition of this crime and a deep widespread knowledge of the genocide amongst the public willprovide us with an explanation of today’s situation and the means to combat it.

The ERTF will organise a two-day conference entitled “THE FORGOTTEN VOICES”.

Dedicated to the Roma victims of the Holocaust, the conference will aim at drawing a parallel between the past and the present situation andexplore how the causes of that tragedy are reflected in the discrimination, marginalization and persecution ofthe Roma today. Recognising the true nature of anti-Gypsyism as a specific form of discrimination might help tocombat this phenomenon.

The main goal of this project is to bring together the main stakeholders from all over Europe to improve knowledge and understanding of the Roma Genocide and its relationship to current anti-Gypsyism. Only an understanding of this relationship will allow us to combat today’s anti-Gypsyism and avoid a repetition of the tragedies of the past.

This conference will also lead to the production of a document which will serve as a basis for advocating for therecognition of the Roma genocide and of anti-Gypsyism as a specific form of discrimination at the European level.

Project Objectives

  • Examine how the causes of that tragedy are reflected in the discrimination, marginalization and persecution of the Roma today;
  • Analyse the true nature of anti-Gypsyism as a specific form of discrimination;
  • Explore how the relationship between the genocide and today’s anti-Gypsyism can help us in combating this phenomenon.

Target group

Target groups should be high level multipliers in a position to influence events, bring change and modify mentalities (advocating change in the school curricula, sensitizing teachers to the issue of anti-Gypsyism, official recognition of the Roma genocide Remembrance Day, recognition of anti-Gypsyism as a specific form of discrimination).

The target groups will include:
• Political decision-makers (European, national, regional and local authorities, members of parliament);
• Civil servants ( teachers, policemen, etc);
• Civil society ( Roma organisations and mediators, anti-discrimination bodies, informal education organisations, religious leaders, journalists);

Participants
Participants: 60 circa, representing the various target groups. The Permanent Representatives of the Council of Europe member states, the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional authorities, members of the Ad Hoc Committee on Roma (CAHROM) will be asked to assist in selecting the participants.

The project is  supported by: Partida Romilor PRO-EUROPA (Romania), the Parliament of Romania, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and  the Council of Europe.


CONFERENCE MATERIALS

Agenda

Final Version of the Conference Agenda

Keynote speeches

Viorel Riceard BADEA
Keynote speech The Forgotten Voices Conference 06/04/2016
BADEA Viorel Riceard-keynote speech ForgottenVoices_Badea 06042016.pdf (271.58KB)
Viorel Riceard BADEA
Keynote speech The Forgotten Voices Conference 06/04/2016
BADEA Viorel Riceard-keynote speech ForgottenVoices_Badea 06042016.pdf
(271.58KB)
Ulrich BUNJES
Keynote speech The Forgotten Voices Conference 06/04/2016
BUNJES Ulrich-keynote speech Forgotten voices Bucharest 060416.pdf (260.88KB)
Ulrich BUNJES
Keynote speech The Forgotten Voices Conference 06/04/2016
BUNJES Ulrich-keynote speech Forgotten voices Bucharest 060416.pdf
(260.88KB)





Ambassador Mihnea CONSTANTINESCU, IHRA Chair / Ambassador of Romania
Keynote speech - The Forgotten Voices Conference 06/4/2016
IHRA Chair Amb Constantinescu-keynote speech - Forgotten Voices 060416.pdf (267.26KB)
Ambassador Mihnea CONSTANTINESCU, IHRA Chair / Ambassador of Romania
Keynote speech - The Forgotten Voices Conference 06/4/2016
IHRA Chair Amb Constantinescu-keynote speech - Forgotten Voices 060416.pdf
(267.26KB)







Panellists' interventions

Agnes Daroczi
Presentation - Panel on Historiography 06/04/2016
Daróczi Agnes - speech Historiography 06042016.pdf (232.13KB)
Agnes Daroczi
Presentation - Panel on Historiography 06/04/2016
Daróczi Agnes - speech Historiography 06042016.pdf
(232.13KB)


Dr Danijel Vojak
Presentation - Panel on Historiography 06/04/2016
Danijel Vojak-short notes Historiography 04 04 2016.pdf (206.55KB)
Dr Danijel Vojak
Presentation - Panel on Historiography 06/04/2016
Danijel Vojak-short notes Historiography 04 04 2016.pdf
(206.55KB)
Dr Andrea Varga
Presentation - Panel on Historiography 06/04/2016 (in Romanian)
VARGA andrea - speech Historiography Persecutia romilor - o reparatie in eterna asteptare 06042016.pdf (317.34KB)
Dr Andrea Varga
Presentation - Panel on Historiography 06/04/2016 (in Romanian)
VARGA andrea - speech Historiography Persecutia romilor - o reparatie in eterna asteptare 06042016.pdf
(317.34KB)
Dr Huub van Baar
Main interventions The Forgotten Voices Conference 06-07/4/2016
Huub van Baar - main interventions Forgotten Voices.pdf (136.27KB)
Dr Huub van Baar
Main interventions The Forgotten Voices Conference 06-07/4/2016
Huub van Baar - main interventions Forgotten Voices.pdf
(136.27KB)
Dr Markus End
Article - Panel on Anti-Gypsyism - parallels between 1930s and today 06/04/2016
END Markus_Paper3_markus_end.pdf (123.59KB)
Dr Markus End
Article - Panel on Anti-Gypsyism - parallels between 1930s and today 06/04/2016
END Markus_Paper3_markus_end.pdf
(123.59KB)
Ion Duminica - CAHROM member Molodva
Presentation - Teaching Roma Holocaust 07/04/2016
DUMINICA Ion - Moldova Roma Holocaust Education Forgotten Voices 07042016.pdf (10.96MB)
Ion Duminica - CAHROM member Molodva
Presentation - Teaching Roma Holocaust 07/04/2016
DUMINICA Ion - Moldova Roma Holocaust Education Forgotten Voices 07042016.pdf
(10.96MB)
Petre Petcut - MigRom project
Presentation - Teaching Roma Holocaust 07/04/2016
PETCUT Petre_pp bucarest.pptx (10.25MB)
Petre Petcut - MigRom project
Presentation - Teaching Roma Holocaust 07/04/2016
PETCUT Petre_pp bucarest.pptx
(10.25MB)
Pavel Tytchtl - European Commission Europe for Citizens
Presentation Europe for Citizens programme 07/04/2016
Pavel Tychtl - Presentation Remembrance.ppt (2.49MB)
Pavel Tytchtl - European Commission Europe for Citizens
Presentation Europe for Citizens programme 07/04/2016
Pavel Tychtl - Presentation Remembrance.ppt
(2.49MB)






Conclusions from the conference

Final conclusions of the Forgotten Voices Conference
Final Conclusions of the Forgotten Voices Conference 17052016 EN.pdf (160.7KB)
Final conclusions of the Forgotten Voices Conference
Final Conclusions of the Forgotten Voices Conference 17052016 EN.pdf
(160.7KB)




List of Participants

List of participants to the Forgotten Voices Conference
List of Participants - FV Conference without e-mail addresses .pdf (32.57KB)
List of participants to the Forgotten Voices Conference
List of Participants - FV Conference without e-mail addresses .pdf
(32.57KB)





Video messages

Niels Muiznieks, Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights

video message for the panel on Roma identity


Grattan Puxon, Roma activist, United Kingdom

video message for the panel on Roma movements for recognition as equal citizens


Henry Scicluna, Special Adviser of the ERTF

video message for the panel on the Parallels in the Roma persecution


Radio broadcasts of The Forgotten Voices Conference on Radio Belgrade 1, by Gordana Nesovic, Roma Redaction - Radio Belgrade 1