of the liquidation of the „Gypsy Camp”
On the 2nd of August 2019 the ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of so called “Gypsy camp” took place in the Memorial Site Auschwitz-Birkenau. The ceremony, organized by the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma together with Polish Roma Association and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, gathered hundreds of mostly young Sinti and Roma people from all over Europe, delegations of the organizations, politicians and – the guests of honor – Survivors.
For the International Youth Meeting Centre this day was a special challenge – since we hosted more than 600 young people in our garden, who came to meet with Survivors, take part in discussions, exchange of experiences among the activists from many organizations. One of the guests was Vera Jourova from the European Commission, who shared her opinions on the topic of equality and respecting minority rights in Europe with young people. Before the meetings everybody was invited for lunch and refreshments in the friendly atmosphere of our garden.