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January 27th, International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

«75 years after Auschwitz: Commemoration and teaching of the Holocaust for global justice»


January 27th, International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust<br>It is commemorated on this date, on January 27th, for being the day of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in the framework of the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazi regime during World War II, in which Millions of people were killed (Jews, Roma, political prisoners, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, disabled ...).

The United Nations, in accordance with the mandate established by resolution of its General Assembly, mobilizes civil society for the remembrance and teaching of the Holocaust, in order to help prevent acts of genocide in the future. The 2020 theme for the commemoration of the Holocaust and teaching in this regard is "75 years after Auschwitz: commemoration and teaching of the Holocaust for global justice."

The theme reflects the importance of the collective action against anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, 75 years after the Holocaust, to ensure respect for the dignity and human rights of all people throughout the world. The Roma community was also subject to persecution and extermination by Nazi hatred, along with the Jewish people, LGBT people, people with disabilities, and other groups (Polish, leftist militants, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc.). It is estimated that between half a million and one million Roma were killed in the Nazi death camps. The holocaust of the Roma people is remembered with the name of porrajmos or samudaripén, Roma words that mean "devotion" and "murder of all", respectively. This historical event is commemorated on August 2.

From the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) we adhere to the objective that the UN maintains to promote the remembrance and teaching of the Holocaust in favor of the fight for global justice, since as a social entity that promotes equal treatment and defense of Rights in the face of discrimination, we consider it a priority not only to continue influencing their defense but also to make Roma people more involved in how important it is to make visible the exercise of their citizenship and defend it. The history of persecution that Roma people have suffered over the centuries cannot be forgotten, which is why we consider it so important that our history and culture have to be incorporated into the educational curriculum. The discrimination that we have suffered as for centuries, is relegated to second place in relation to issues that have to do with historical memory, something that should not continue to occur.

We firmly believe in the mobilization of Roma people themselves, to denounce situations of discrimination and anti-Roma hostility. For all this, from the Fundación Secretariado Gitano and from the FSG Roma Participation Group we want to share not only the feeling that date brings us, but also to call on the memory and teaching of this horrific chapter of our history that It turns 75, and we encourage you to share the defense for human rights and equal treatment and non-discrimination as the responsibility of society as a whole for the much needed global justice.

We, Roma community, also want to be part of historical memory.