On the occasion of August 2, Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2020, young Roma and non-Roma people are sharing their messages about the importance of remembrance, challenging antigypsyism and youth activism.
Statement by Sarai Fernández, Spain: “2nd of August is a very important date that we must commemorate for different reasons: the crucial one is to remember all the Roma who were murdered during the Second World War and this is a way to pay tribute to them. A not known history is a silenced history, thus robbing us, the Roma, of a place in history that belongs to us. Therefore, it is super important, that the history, experience and culture of the Roma be taught in schools to raise awareness to future generations. We young Roma have an obligation to claim the struggle of our elders and proclaim the suffering of the Second World War because it is a fundamental right to know our own history.”
This video campaign is part of the Roma Youth Voices Project, coordinated by Phiren Amenca and funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the DG Justice, European Commission.