August 2nd, 2023 at 16h CET
ERIAC Serbia Gallery, Majke Jevrosime 51, Belgrade
The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture Serbia (ERIAC Serbia), together with Opre Roma Serbia, Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI) and the Roma Education Fund (REF), is commemorating the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day. The main event that will be organised in the premises of the ERIAC Serbia gallery in Belgrade will be a panel discussion in which Ljuan Koka, romologist and Milovan Pisari, historian – Holocaust expert and member of the Board of Directors of the Memorial Center “Staro sajmište” will participate.
The moderated discussion will open up the following questions: What is the history of the Holocaust against the Roma during World War II in Serbia and what are its ideological and social roots? What is the role and importance of the institution “Staro sajmište” Memorial Center? What is the organisational and program structure of the Memorial Center? What is the importance of such an institution for the Roma community and why is it important that Roma are involved in the work of the institution? What is the role of the educational system in spreading knowledge about the suffering of the Roma during the Second World War?
Part of the panel discussion will be dedicated to the Old Fairground Memorial Center. The memorial centre “Staro sajmište” was founded as a cultural institution – based in Belgrade with the aim of cherishing the memory of the victims of the Nazi concentration camp at the former Belgrade Fairground, the Zemun Jewish Camp and the Zemun Acceptance Camp.
The panel discussion will be followed by a poetry reading performed by actress Aleksandra Milojkovic, complete with musical accompaniment by Dragan Stanković on guitar.