Tuesday, February 8, 2011
THE HISTORY LESSON EUROPE NEEDS RIGHT NOW
The History Lesson Europe Needs Right Now
By Bernard Rorke On December 22, 2010
The ignorance and indifference of the majority concerning this dark chapter of Europe’s past reinforces ambivalence and prejudice against Roma in the present. As activist Romani Rose put it, there is a need to embed this crime of genocide in the collective memory of our nations and "to raise awareness among political decision-makers of the particular historical responsibility they bear towards the Roma and Sinti minority."
The fate of the Roma at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators in the Baro Porrajmos ("Great Devouring") has been neglected for too long. Elie Wiesel never forgot:
Almost 3,000 men, women, and children perished in the gas chamber during the night of August 2-3, 1944, as the Germans liquidated the so-called Gypsy family camp (Zigeunerfamilienlager) in Auschwitz II-Birkenau.
An awareness of the past is essential to combat anti-Roma prejudice in the present. As Yehuda Bauer has written:
FROM Open Society Foundations:
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