2016 logo romu for inetThe project “The Tragedy of Roma People and the Memory of It in Ukraine, Moldova, Poland and Germany” provides for scholarly research of Porajmos history in Ukraine and Moldova and as a result creation and presentation of the mobile exhibition in Ukraine, Moldova, Germany and Poland as well as development of permanent exhibition in Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” in Dnipro.

The research, in addition to direct collecting and processing the information about Porajmos, involves the development of a methodology that will enable us to tell about this tragedy both scientifically in content and vividly and visually in form.

The research is relevant as today the topic of Porajmos is hardly disclosed in school and university history courses. It is virtually absent in the media as well and the general public often do not even know about this genocide.

The project goal is to spread knowledge about Nazi crimes during World War II and promoting tolerance in Ukraine, Poland, Moldova and Germany.

The results of the project are:

  • the increment of factual knowledge about the genocide of Roma people and drawing attention to this problem of scholarly and public figures;
  • creation of mobile exhibition “The Tragedy of Roma People: Past and Present”;
  • further musefication of acquired knowledge in the form of creating an appropriate exhibition devoted to Porajmos at Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”.

Creation of both permanent and mobile exhibitions dedicated to Porajmos, will disseminate knowledge about this tragedy among the general population and will be a powerful news hook to draw media attention to the issues of inter-ethnic toleranceWe plan further use of research results in educational, cultural and social programs aimed at creating an atmosphere of tolerance.

 

The project is possible due to support of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

“Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum Research Associates Iegor Vradii and Denys Shatalov visited Kyiv museums. The trip was organized within the development of museum and mobile exhibitions dedicated to Roma genocide during World War II. The aim of the visit was to get acquainted with experience of Kyiv museums in demonstration of this issue in museum exhibitions.

On October 7−8, 2016 in Lviv “Tkuma” Institute organized working visits of Iryna Radchenko, “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum Research Associate, with partners and scholarly advisors of within the project “The Tragedy of Roma People in Ukraine and Moldova”. The project became possible due to the support of The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, and provides for scholarly research of Porajmos in Ukraine and Moldova, as well as the creation and presentation of mobile exhibition in Ukraine, Moldova, Poland and Germany and permanent exhibition at Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” in Dnipro.

Today, August 2 we mark Remembrance Day for the victims of the genocide of the Sinti and Roma.

On the night of 2 - 3 August, 1944 in the gas chambers of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau about 3 thousand Roma and Sintiwas were killed. 20 years ago on November 23, 1996 the leaders of Roma organizations in Europe and the United States make a decision to make 2 August an official commemorative date. Since 2004, in Ukraine, as in most civilized countries, this remembrance day is commemorated at the state level. During the war, the Nazis killed more than 20 thousand representatives of this nation living in Ukraine.

"Tkuma" Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies and Museum "Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine" expresses its sincere condolences to all representatives of the Roma people - victims and descendants of victims of the tragedy.

Our organizations are making practical efforts to preserve the memory of this genocide. Yesterday started the project "The tragedy of the Roma People and Memory of It in Ukraine, Moldova, Poland and Germany", which is supported by IHRA (The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance). The project will result is creation of the museum exhibition and mobile exhibition.

We invite all interested in this topic to cooperation!