“We share a commitment to throw light on the still obscured shadows of the Holocaust.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
ITF Chair Ambassador Karel de Beer will be speaking at an international seminar on "The Roma and Sinti Genocide: Memory, Identity and Present-day Racism," which will be held on 1 August in Cracow, Poland.
The seminar is being organized by OSCE/ODIHR in cooperation with the Office of the Malopolska Voivodship. It marks the occasion of Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day on 2 August, which commemorates the liquidation of the "Gypsy camp" in Auschwitz on 2-3 August 1944.
The seminar aims to discuss the persecution of Roma and Sinti during World War II and ways to preserve the memories and narratives of Roma and Sinti under Nazi rule. It will also address the role of relevant institutions in making Roma and Sinti narratives part of teaching materials for educational use.
The program consists of two panels, which explore knowledge of the Roma Genocide and teaching the Roma Genocide. Both will be followed by discussions with panelists, including several ITF delegates. Presentations on the Council of Europe and OSCE's webpage on the Roma Genocide and a new series of educational materials are also on the agenda.