London exhibition: Forgotten Victims: The Nazi Genocide of the Roma and Sinti (30.1019 – 11.03.20)
The genocide carried out against the Roma and Sinti communities of Europe by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Second World War – the persecution and murder of as many as 500,000 people – has been referred to as ‘the forgotten Holocaust’ by Professor Eve Rosenhaft. After the war, survivors and relatives of victims struggled to get recognition and compensation for the persecution and losses they had suffered. In Britain and Europe today, prejudice and discrimination against Roma and Sinti are still common.
“Our exhibition, Forgotten Victims: The Nazi Genocide of the Roma and Sinti, draws upon The Wiener Holocaust Library’s collections of material on the genocide to uncover the story of this little-known aspect of Nazi persecution. Our archives hold a wide range of relevant materials including eye-witness accounts, photographs, documents and books.“
The exhibition explores Roma and Sinti life in Germany and Austria prior to the Second World War, and genocidal policies starting in German-occupied Poland in 1940. It also examines the post-war lives and legacies for Roma and Sinti, who fought to obtain recognition and compensation for their oppression. Finally, the exhibition reflects on the situation in Britain and Europe today and why Roma and Sinti have often been the ‘forgotten victims’ of genocide.
Forgotten Victims Event Series
The exhibition run will include a series of events designed to amplify themes in the exhibition. All the events are free but space is limited – please register to attend below.
- The Romani Genocide and its Aftermath: The Uses of the Past Workshop co-organised with the AHRC Research Network and the University of Liverpool. 6-7 November 2019
- Keynote Lecture: Recording Romani Lives: The Use and Abuse of History for the Marginalized. Profe
ssor Ari Joskowicz. 6 November 2019
Sources: Sources: www.wienerlibrary.co.uk, aljazeera.com
Photos: Wiener Holocaust Library Collections