German Holocaust Memorial to Pay Tribute to Roma and Sinti

On 9 May 2006, the German newspaper Deutsche Welle reported that the German government and the Central Council of Sinti and Roma agreed on a design for a memorial in remembrance of Romani victims of the Holocaust. The memorial was designed by artist Dani Karavan and will be shaped like a fountain. It will cost approximately 2,000,000 EUR, and will be funded by the German Government.

There will be no central inscription; instead, the names of the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz, Treblinka and Buchenwald will be chiselled into the slabs leading up to the memorial. An additional tablet will display the sentence, "We commemorate all the Roma who were victims of the systematic genocide in Nazi-occupied Europe." Romani Rose, the chair of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, said the agreement is an "important step" toward officially recognising the genocide committed on Roma.

(Deutsche Welle)

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