Roma Resistance During the Holocaust and in its Aftermath
[Collection of Working Papers]
Managing Editor, Evelin Verhás
Contributing Editors Angéla Kóczé & Anna Lujza Szász
This collection of working papers is the final product of a two-year project on the resistance of the Roma during the Holocaust and its aftermath. Even though the project has finished, ongoing research to collect testimonies by young Roma activists and researchers will continue to develop a deeper understanding of the patterns and extent of the persecution and extermination of Roma within Europe. Further objectives of the project included assisting young Roma researchers and those active in their communities collecting testimonies, supporting Roma scholarship on the genocide by strengthening the Roma constituency for the remembrance of the Roma genocide, as well as mobilizing and advocating for the involvement of Roma in official Holocaust commemorations. This publication aims to raise awareness, spark public discussions and create more visibility for the resistance of the Roma during the Holocaust and its aftermath. This edited volume recapitulates only the research part of the programme, mainly consisting of new archival and testimonial evidence. On the one hand, it confirms earlier findings that focused on the victimization of Roma during the Holocaust and its aftermath. On the other hand, it represents a novel stage in the social process of collective trauma of Roma by making a new claim: Roma and Sinti were not simply victims of the Nazi regime. They fought and resisted, both individually and collectively, during the Holocaust and its aftermath to get official recognition, and also demanded both emotional and institutional compensation, as well as symbolic reparation.
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