Every year, on January 27, the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is celebrated. It was in 1945, after the end of Second World War, when the concentration camps of Nazi Germany were liberated and when the inhuman atrocities that took place there were exposed to the world. Tens of thousands of prisoners were released, they were malnourished and in unhealthy conditions. Many of them, even having been released, could not survive.

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This year, on January 27, the 73rd Anniversary of the Liberation of the concentration camp and extermination of Auschwitz-Birkenau is celebrated. A group of 25 people representing the Rroma people at European level, gathered to pay homage and remember the memory of the victims of the gypsy people in the Samudaripen. People from Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Latvia could get together on the anniversary day in the concentration camp thanks to the European project Mem-Rrom: Memory of the Rroma persecution in Europe. The homage to the victims of the Samudaripen is one of the main activities of the project, with the aim of making visible the gypsy town, honoring its memory and facilitating the participants that can go to visit the concentration camp, the museum and to know the history of their ancestors who were victims of the Nazis.

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A large part of the people who attended and participated in the act were direct relatives of prisoners who had suffered the punishments and murders of the genocide that happened at Auschwitz-Birkenau. They had never been able to visit the concentration camp and, finally, on January 27 paid homage, personally, to their families victims of the massacre.

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It was a very emotional act, in which a representative from each country gave a tribute speech and a wreath of flowers was placed as an offering on the plaque that recalls the history of the victims of the Samudaripen. When finished, the women improvised a song dedicated to the honorees with the Djelem Djelem (gypsy international anthem), to which all the attendees joined to form a choir full of feeling and emotion. The gypsy flag was present throughout the tribute carried by the participants.

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The people who attended were able to see, with horror and sadness, the ample place where more than a million people were killed in inhumane conditions. Of these, tens of thousands were Gypsy victims of the Samudaripen. They knew their history and now they keep it in their memory, to divulge it and not allow something like that to happen again.

 

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