The European Parliament adopted a Resolution on April 15, 2015, declaring August 2 as the Day of Remembrance for Roma victims of the Holocaust.
“On the International Day of Remembrance for Roma Victims of the Holocaust, we remember the night between August 2 and 3, 1944, when 2,897 Roma were sent to the gas chambers and executed in the Auschwitz camp in the so-called ‘Family Camp for Gypsies,'” the Association of young Roma “AKSIOM” said in a statement on Monday.
This date has been accepted by the Council of Europe, an initiative of Roma organizations, and has been marked throughout Europe since 2012.
On this day, we remember and commemorate the suffering of Roma throughout Europe during the Second World War. This day was also listed in the official calendar of important dates of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
It is estimated that over 500,000 Roma were killed in World War II, but the final number has never been determined. The suffering of Roma from the region can be grasped from the data which say that all the Roma from the territory from the then Independent State of Croatia (NDH) were deported to Jasenovac concentration camp, the Association said.
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