Saturday 5th May

Remembering the Roma Holocaust
Venue: Central Library, William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EW
Time: 7.30pm (Doors 7pm)
Tickets: £8/£4

Remembering the Roma Holocaust: ‘…don’t forget the photos, it’s very important…’ The Nazi Persecution of Central German Sinti and Roma – an exhibition (on display at Liverpool Central Library, 1st Floor from Thursday 3rd May - Saturday 26th May)

The launch will feature an introduction to the exhibition by Eve Rosenhaft, Professor of German Historical Studies at Liverpool University and her collaborator Jana Müller (Alternative Youth Centre Dessau), and a concert by German band Radio Django Berlin
2018 marks two anniversaries.  It is the 75th anniversary of the mass deportation of Germany’s Sinti and Roma (‘Gypsies’) to Auschwitz concentration camp.  By the end of World War Two in 1945 hundreds of thousands of Sinti and Roma had been murdered by the Nazis and their allies all over Europe. This exhibition tells the story of nine interconnected German families, about 70 men, women and children, whose persecution began when they were forced to move from the town of Dessau-Roßlau in Central Germany and sent to an internment camp at the beginning of 1938 – our second anniversary.  Their experiences represent the full range of forms of persecution and abuse suffered by Sinti and Roma under the Nazis: internment in municipal camps and concentration camps, forced and slave labour, compulsory sterilisation, medical experiments, death from disease, starvation, exhaustion and murder in Auschwitz, death marches – and for some escape, rescue or survival.  Astonishingly, the first clues to their identity and their histories came from a collection of photographs found in Liverpool. The exhibition tells their story using those photos alongside other photographs and documents. Remembering the genocide is an important step towards securing respect and civil rights for Europe’s Sinti and Roma.

Radio Django Berlin

The original sound of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli meets 21st-century Gypsy-Jazz: a new sound for a new age from a new city.  Led by Janko Stachlengro Lauenberger, grandson of a Sinto Holocaust survivor who figures in the exhibition, and featuring Max Hartmann, Daniel Weltlinger, Giovanni Steinbach and Santino Bamberger, this string band is a popular fixture on the Berlin jazz scene, playing swing favourites in their own style with commitment, passion – and cool.

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