On August 5th, 2019, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the 2nd of August – Roma Holocaust Memorial day – the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, organized a panel discussion with Roma experts. The event aimed to promote and discuss the importance of the remembrance of Roma and Sinti as Holocaust victims in the context of contemporary Roma identities, the artistic activities, and Roma art between the audience of Roma and non-Roma attendees. The discussion also had raised the question of the role of institutions in the process of shaping the Romani Holocaust memory, among other activities of institutions created by the Roma themselves.
The discussion was lead by dr. Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska as the president of Fundacja W Stronę Dialogu.
Dr. Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka, deputy director of ERIAC, presented the work of ERIAC and shared information about the conference and exhibition organized in Krakow in the framework of the 2nd of August commemorations, alongside of two other panelists – dr. Krzysztof Gil and Mrs. Elżbieta Mirga Wójtowicz. Dr. Gil, visual artists and scholar, spoke about his work and the importance of art for promoting and communicating Roma history. Mrs. Elżbieta Mirga Wójtowicz, PhD candidate at the Pedagogical University in Krakow and one of the coordinators of the “Dikh he na bister” Roma Genocide Remembrance initiative, presented the youth event which took place this year in Krakow within the framework of the formal commemorations of the 2nd of August.
Photos by: POLIN