- COOR Hall 4403
Arizona State University
- 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Lecture - Forgotten Holocaust Victims: How Germany Remembers the Roma
Forgotten Holocaust Victims: How Germany Remembers the Roma
Dr. Nadine Blumer
Cummings Foundation Fellow
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Nazi mass murder of Roma ("Gypsies") was not officially recognized in West Germany as an act of genocide until 1982. Several reasons, mostly having to do with how victimhood was defined by the courts and society at large, explain why it took almost forty years for this genocide to be acknowledged. Increasingly, however, the German state is now commemorating this history of violence. The 2012 inauguration of a national Holocaust memorial dedicated to Romani victims, located in the center of the capital city, is regarded as one of the major achievements in the Roma's long struggle for recognition.
Why was the genocide of the Roma forgotten - or, deliberately ignored - for as long as it was? How is this history of persecution remembered in relation to Germany's commemoration of Jewish victims of the Holocaust? This talk addresses these questions by charting the biography of the Roma Holocaust Memorial - which ranges from widespread debate over whether to construct one shared memorial to all victims of National Socialism, to questions of location, architecture, and victim group solidarity. A brief introduction will provide a historical overview of the Nazi persecution of the Roma, and how Romani leaders mobilized in the post-war years to be recognized as a victim group of the Holocaust.
Alan Solomon, MD
Campus Outreach Lecture Program, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
East Valley Jewish Community Center
The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
- COOR Hall 4403