Internationale Wanderausstellung "Miranda - Holocaust an den Roma"

Am 11. Mai 2017 wurde im Museum der Okkupationen in Tallinn in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Finnischen Zentrum für internationale kreative Kultur DROM die Wanderausstellung "Miranda - Holocaust an den Roma" eröffnet. Zur Eröffnungsveranstaltung sprach auch der Ständige Vertreter der Botschaft Herr Reinhard Wiemer.

Die Rede des Ständigen Vertreters Reinhard Wiemer bei der Eröffnung am 11. Mail 2017

The history of the Roma during WW II is one of the most tragic and at the same time most unknown ones.

The European Roma are one of the most marginalized and oppressed ethnic groups in European history. Ever since reaching the European continent hundreds of years ago, they remained outsiders – in the best case merely tolerated, in the worst case persecuted and murdered.

The German occupation of most parts of Europe during WW II was the worst case. Wherever the German army was, Roma were imprisoned, deported and eventually murdered. Jews and Roma were those groups that should disappear from the face of the earth.

After WW II, the process of healing and rehabilitation was very slow. In many countries, Roma as a group were not recognized as victims of Nazi persecution, including Germany. In many places, Roma continued to be discriminated against, even persecuted. Attempts to assimilate them by force failed miserably in the socialist countries. Their social situation deteriorated. 

Only in the last two decades did the fate of the Roma attract public attention and trigger political action. In Germany they were recognized as victims of Nazi persecution and received indemnification. And a monument for the Roma victims was built beside the Reichstag in Berlin.

Today, the Roma are the poorest ethnic group on the continent. Their social state of affairs remains abysmal, especially in Eastern Europe. They continue to suffer violence and discrimination. Today’s exhibition is very important. This exhibition tells their story. It directs our attention to people who in their millions have very little access to the promises of Europe - security, well-being, opportunity. And who still have to fight for their place in history and society. 

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