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October 25 2012

Sant'Egidio: the memorial dedicated to Sinti and Roma victims of Nazism, an important sign for Europe

 
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The Community of Sant'Egidio, which has for decades engaged in the integration of the Roma and Sinti, expressed its appreciation for the inauguration in the city of Berlin, of a memorial to the Sinti and Roma victims of the Nazis.

The genocide ("Porajmos") of the Sinti and Roma during the Second World War, which according to various estimates has caused the death of about 500,000 men, women and children, has long been forgotten.

The memorial erected today in the German capital expresses the desire not to forget and to engage in defense of the dignity of all.

In a time like ours where the Roma and Sinti are unfortunately still the subject of discrimination and violence in Europe and are often forced to the margins of society, the Community of Sant'Egidio sees this memorial also as an appeal to the integration of this minority in Germany and Europe.

The Sinti Rita Prigmore, who survived as a child in Würzburg medical experiments on twins operated by Josef Mengele, where he killed her twin sister, causing her physical harm which she still suffers, has been working with the Community of Sant'Egidio in witnessing to the younger European generations the persecution she suffered and in commitment against racism, anti-Semitism and antigitanism.

About today she said: "The memorial in Berlin is for us Sinti and Roma a great joy. I really hope that it serves to never forget the genocide of the Sinti and Roma. It is also a sign that we have been recognized as persecuted. For centuries we have been European citizens and this is our fatherland."

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