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The Romanian Government marks the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day- 2nd August

The Conference: Past, present and future - the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day- 2nd August, devoted to the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day was held today, in Bucharest, and during which, wreaths were laid at the Holocaust Memorial in Bucharest.

The Prime Minister Chancellery through the office of State Counselor Dana Varga, with the support of the National Agency for Roma, the Department for Interethnic Relations, the National Roma Cultural Center, the Romanian Peasant Museum, the Sukar Manus Association and the Association of Traditional Roma Craftsmen and Traders organised the event that was attended by two of the last survivors of the Roma Holocaust who told the audience the dramatic events they went through during the Holocaust.

"History was not an easy one for the Roma community. No one can ignore the historical reality of World War II genocide of Roma, as well as other forms of persecution, such as deportations. We have to know our history, to keep the facts in memory so that such horrors are no longer possible in the future ”, said Dana Varga, State Counselor with the Prime Minister Chancellery.

Members of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, representatives of the Presidential Administration, the Government and the ministries, as well as representatives of the diplomatic missions and the civil society, attended the conference.

On this occasion, a fair with Roma craftsmen was organized at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, where guests could admire the crafts - part of the Roma tradition. An exhibition devoted to the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day was also organized at the Horia Bernea Hall of the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant.

 



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