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[31-05-2006] By Linda Mastalir
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An exhibit devoted to the history of the Roma and Sinti Holocaust has opened in Prague’s National Gallery. Entitled “The Roma Holocaust: the genocide of Roma and Sinti and racism in today’s Europe,” the exhibit is meant to bring to light aspects of WWII history not often mentioned.
Jana Vrbova Jana Vrbova
It is only during the past decade or so that historians of WWII and the Holocaust have begun to write seriously about the fate of Europe’s Roma during that horrible period. Hitler’s racial ideology targeted European Roma for liquidation, and half a million Roma and Sinti were dead by the war’s end in 1945. Now, an exhibit devoted to the history of the Roma Holocaust has been prepared by the Documentation Centre of German Sinti and Roma based in Heidelberg, Germany, and its display in Prague was organized by the Committee for the Compensation of the Romani Holocaust.
At the exhibit opening, Jana Vrbova, whose grandparents were interned and whose father was born in the Lety camp in the south of the Czech Republic, spoke about her hopes for the exhibit’s success: