Ethel Brooks on Roma Genocide Remembrance

02 August 2016

Ethel Brooks on Roma Genocide Remembrance 

Seventy-two years ago today, 2,897 men, women, and children from Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp were forced onto trucks, taken to gas chamber V, and murdered with Zyklon B hydrogen cyanide. Their bodies, too many for the crematorium’s capacity, were burned in pits outside. Upon the Soviet liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, only 4 Roma remained alive.

The 2nd August, Roma Genocide Remembrance Day, is a time where Roma and non-Roma all over the world reflect on the atrocities of Europe’s past.

ERRC Board Chair Ethel Brooks speaks about the lessons learned from the Second World War and how we must ensure the worst chapter of modern European history is not forgotten in the face of rising anti-Gypsyism.

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