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Help us gather information on events commemorating of the Roma Genocide during Second World War

Later this month, on 27th January and on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the world will be celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. On that day, we will all commemorate the victims of the genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime and its allies, of millions of Jews and Roma, and the massacre of tens of thousands that did not fit the Nazi ideology, including persons with disabilities, Jehovah's witnesses, LGBTQ people, and political opponents.

This will also be an occasion to remind the world that the Pharrajimos is by far the greatest tragedy in Roma history, which has traumatised the Roma to this day. The genocide committed on Roma has determined the stance we take in defence of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms in today's multicultural Europe.

Unfortunately, that day also reminds the world of the lack of official recognition of that tragic event. The official recognition, at a national and international level, of the Roma genocide during the Second World War "Pharrajimos", is of crucial importance to fighting and eliminating the anti-Gypsyism that unfortunately continues to spread throughout Europe to this day.

In 2014, the ERTF created a website and an on-line calendar to enhance the visibility and to promote any relevant activities and happenings to the public at www.2august.ertf.org. The calendar also serves as a reference point for international organizations and supporters. You are kindly invited to contact us, if you would like your planned activities to be added to the calendar.

About us

The European Roma and Travellers Forum is Europe's largest Roma organization. Its mission is to ensure equal rights and opportunities for Roma in Europe as well as increasing political participation. The ERTF actively contributes to the fight against anti-Gypsyism and is fully committed to the promotion of the official recognition of the Roma genocide, "Pharrajimos".

Should you have any questions please contact the Secretariat of ERTF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.