Saturday, April 8, 2017

International Romani Day

Today is International Romani Day (more commonly known in the US as "Gypsies.") The day is meant to help the non-Romani learn about the Romani culture as well as to remember the estimated 500,000 Romani murdered by the Nazis during World War 2 as well as all the Romani persecuted, sent to prison and hard labor camps by the different Communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe from 1945-1991. (I took this picture in Cologne, Germany. It is a memorial to the 1,000 Romani that were deported from the city in May 1940 and sent to Ghettos in German-occupied Poland before being sent to death camps like Auschwitz.)

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