Chairman of the German Bundesrat, member of the Left Party Bodo Ramelow honored the memory of hundreds of thousands sinti and roma, killed by the National Socialists in Europe. Ramelov on Tuesday, August 2, the European Day of Remembrance for the Victims gypsy genocide in 1944 he visited the former Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
“We are here today to look horror in the face and thereby make it visible,” Ramelov said. His words were quoted by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, of which he is prime minister.
The politician urged to eliminate the ground for racism, discrimination and exclusion. Together with the chairman Central Council of German Sinti and Roma Romani Rose, he laid wreaths in memory of the dead.
Largest ethnic minority in Europe
It is about the largest ethnic minority in Europe. “And yet in a number of places they (representatives of the nationality. – Ed.) again become marginalized within the framework of tacit apartheid. In many countries, they face hatred, alienation, racism, violence and the denial of their civil and social rights,” the chairman of the Bundesrat said. At the same time, according to him, Sinti and Roma are an inalienable part of the public and social life of Europe.
“The war of the Russian Federation in Ukraine should not be a reason for the expulsion of the Roma”
The politician expressed the opinion that the attitude towards minorities is “an important criterion for the admission of new countries to the EU.” The Thuringian prime minister also stressed that Russia’s aggressive war against Kyiv should not be “a pretext for expelling the Roma from Ukraine.”
According to rough estimates, up to 500,000 people died during Poraimos, as members of this minority call the genocide. More exact figures are unknown. Decades after the events of those years, many German Sinti and Roma felt discriminated against by the authorities, who did not perceive them as a group of victims of National Socialism. It was not until 1982 that the German government acknowledged that the killing of Sinti and Roma was genocide.