The Nevo Parudimos Association, together with more international partners, developed the project “Realms of Death – Remembrance about the Porajmos in Eastern Europe (REDE)”. The implementation period is 01.08.2017 – 30.11.2018.

Objective

The project has as objective the increase of an awareness referring to the Holocaust, by putting an accent on events which took place in Hungary and Transnistria, at the end of the Second World War, in order to keep a living memory of Roma and Sinti victims of Nazism. Our European and integration values are built especially on our historical experience and on the memory of those ancient time, thus the forgotten Roma genocide must be underlined, because it counted more than 500.000 victims and continued with social exclusion, discrimination and painful speeches, and as a consequence of ignorance and non-recognition of Roma genocide.

This project desires to obtain an improvement of educators’ knowledge, of citizens and of the entire civil society referring to Roma Holocaust, especially of those from Romania and Hungary.

Objective

The objective of this project is to involve Roma people, minorities, non-Roma and youth organisations in the process of developing and awareness of Roma genocide from all over Europe, until the date of 2 August, which is considered the official date for the memory of the Holocaust at an European level, with an accent of the reality of deportation in Hungary and Transnistria, which took place in Romani.

We desire to create a debate space for this subject and introduce in the national political program the people’s reality who suffered during those events, but also to involve politicians, to inform and educate people on this subject.

The project gathers together 600 citizens, survivors, eye witnesses, experts and different generations in international meetings and conferences. Through local actions and online campaigns the target groups counts more than 1.000 citizens and also desires to indirectly involve, through other media instruments, more than 50.000 people. As a result a catalogue will be printed with a descriptive content of Roma genocide, of the most important event from Hungary and Transnistria, including all current investigations, a website for promotion and other social media instruments will help in the documenting of events, to which a documentary film is added.

Activities

The content of the project and its methodology are based on inclusion approaches, on empowerment and participation through the use of the needs and interests of Roma and non-Roma youth, of experts and partners in order to built partnerships at all levels, to transfer, disseminate and explore useful practices in the Roma context, in the educational context of Human Rights and in politics referring to youth. Its methodology puts an accent on different working groups, on non-formal education, on sharing and discussion, on workshops with experts, plenary session with shareholders, trips and visits with the Holocaust survivors.

1st Activity:

Preparing activities (August-October 2017): a three days meeting in Hungary, where the coordination group is established, the concept and the dissemination strategies are finalized and all transparency instruments are prepared.

2nd Activity:

 

Experts and educators meeting in Germany (23-27 April 2018): Meeting at the Documenting Centre for Roma and Sinti from Germany: 30 history teachers and non-formal educators, Roma and non-Roma, with knowledge about the Roma genocide, the relating of young educators and experts from different institutions.

3rd Activity

The Transnistria disaster (4-6 June 2018): the remembrance event or Roma genocide from Transnistria, including a conference, round table discussions and discussion sessions; the promotion and visibility through an online campaign; online documenting on action realized through the online campaign.

4th Activity

The international conferment in Budapest (August 2018): more than 200 Roma and non-Roma people from 112 European countries participated in the educational and remembrance event, which was organized during 4 days in Budapest, in order to develop awareness on Roma genocide, media visibility and field work.

5th Activity

The dissemination of results referring to Roma genocide (January-December 2018): the realisation of a catalogue and of a documentary, the dissemination through a website and of other online tools and through press releases.

This program was realized in order to include a balance between the needs of a larger network necessary for the improvement of a partnership, cooperation and synergies, with individual needs of citizens for education, remembrance and active citizenship. This networks and meetings with experts build the capacity of organisations and educators together with the two events at a large scale, create a developed international visibility and follow the recognition of Roma genocide.

Roma genocide during the Second World War remains ignored and not-recognized. There is a strong need and a potential to develop and awareness in this matter. The project contributes in the realization process of recognition politics and mobility for citizens in networks and different local facilities and European action. The building of capacities, online promotion actions and local actions add a European dimension to this subject in local communities from all over Europe.

Project coordinator:

Eötvös József Cigány-Magyar Pedagógiai Társaság

Partners

EGYUTTHATO KOZOSSEGEPITO EGYESULET

RROMA

ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL

NEVO PARUDIMOS ASSOCIATION

RESEAU EXPRESS JEUNES EXCLUSION INTEGRATION

MINORITY VOICE

TERNYPE

DOCUMENTATION CENTER FUR ROMA UND SINTY

Local partners

Romanian Government – National Agency for Roma

CREDIS

Pro Europe Roma Party, Dolj Branch

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