“We share a commitment to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honour those who stood against it.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
Commemoration events marking Genocide Remembrance Day of the Roma and Sinti were held at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum on 2 August.
Several hundred people attended the ceremony, which was held on the 68th anniversary of the liquidation of the "Gypsy Family Camp" at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Among the participants of the ceremony were former prisoners, members of Roma organizations, representatives of the Polish government, including Angnieszka Kozłowksa-Rajewicz, the Polish Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment, regional and local authorities, the diplomatic corps, members of the Jewish community, and the management and staff of the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Ceremony participants laid wreaths at the monument commemorating the Roma genocide.
Zoni Weisz, one of the speakers at the ceremony, stated, "We must keep in mind all of these, we must constantly promote tolerance, and we must continuously build a better world for our children as they can live in peace and sense of security."
In 2011 the Sejm of Poland declared 2 August as the official Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day.