On November 05, 2017, Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” hosted working meeting on the creation of a permanent exhibition dedicated to the tragedy of the Roma people during the Second World War. Research Associates together with Viktor Hukailo, main artist of the Museum, and Pavlo Rakhno, model creator, discussed the concept and variants of the artistic design of the new exhibition. Preliminary sketches for the design of a showcase dedicated to the genocide of Roma were prepared. The exhibition will be located in the “Tragedy of the 20th Century” hall and will organically supplement the existing units.

On October 28, 2017, Valentyn Rybalka, research associate, and Denys Shatalov, deputy head of Museum and Research Department of Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”, visited the All-Ukrainian meeting of collectors, which was traditionally held in Kyiv, in order to find exhibits for new exhibition, devoted to the tragedy of the Roma people during the Second World War. This collection is actually the largest event for collectors of antiques from Ukraine and foreign countries.

The Holocaust Museum and “Tkuma” Institute are establishing cooperation with the Roma community of the Dnipro city and region. On August 04, 2017 negotiations were held with representatives of our city’s Roma representatives on the creation of the exhibition “The Tragedy of Roma people in Ukraine and Moldova” at the Holocaust Museum, as well as on the possibilities for further cooperation.

The Nazi policy of total extermination of Roma and Sinti is often referred to as a “Little-known” genocide. The lack of a written tradition of remembrance of the tragedy of World War II in the Roma environment played the important role in the emergence of this term. Researchers are literally accumulating crumbs of information about this terrible page of the past, drawing information from the documentation of the perpetrators of this crime, or from isolated memories of contemporaries of the destruction of Roma communities during the Nazi occupation.

May 16 is marked as Romani Resistance Day. On this day in 1944, Roma prisoners at the Auschwitz-II-Birkenau concentration camp set an example of organized resistance to Nazi plans to physically exterminate the Roma.