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.

Below you can download the banners of the mobile exhibition:

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

On February 19-21, 2018 “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum Research Associates Valentyn Rybalka and Mykola Bulanyi, in the framework of the presentation of the mobile exhibition “Tragedy of the Roma People in Ukraine and Moldova”, held a series of events in the capital of Moldova, Chisinau.

On February 19, 2018 “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum Research Associates Iryna Radchenko and Maryna Strilchuk held a presentation of the mobile exhibition “Tragedy of the Roma People in Ukraine and Moldova” in Galicia Jewish Museum (Krakow, Poland). The event was attended by representatives of the Polish public and researchers of Galicia Jewish Museum, who discussed the theme of the history and memory of the Roma genocide with great interest.

On February 15, 2018 The European Janusz Korczak Academy (Berlin, Germany) hosted presentation of the mobile exhibition “Tragedy of the Roma people in Ukraine and Moldova”, created within the framework of “Tkuma” Institute project supported by IHRA. “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum Research Associates Iryna Radchenko and Maryna Strilchuk presented banners devoted to the genocide of the Roma during the Second World War and talked about the concept and general idea of the exhibition. The presentation was attended by several dozens of people - scholars and museum staff, politicians and media representatives, students and postgraduates from Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Russia. The topic aroused considerable interest of those present that was proved by the active discussion taking place within the framework of the event.

On January 29, 2018 Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” the opening of the exhibition “Tragedy of the Roma people in Ukraine and Moldova”. This is the first permanent exhibition in Ukraine, dedicated to the genocide of Roma during the Second World War.

Museum "Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine" and "Tkuma" Institute staff is working on a new exposition dedicated to the tragedy of the Roma people during the Second World War. January 10, working meeting was held with the participation of the Holocaust Museum research associates, the main artist Victor Hukailo, and modelmakers Pavlo Rakhno and Igor Sandul. Participants discussed the possibilities of artistic design of the show-cases, its correlation with unique exhibits, which will become part of the exhibition. The grand opening is scheduled for the end of January this year.