It took a long time for Germany to officially recognise the genocide of the Sinti and Roma – the memorial commemorating the Sinti and Roma murdered by the Nazi regime just recently opened in 2012. Today, they represent the one ethnic minority in Germany which attracts the most group-related hostility. A touring exhibition by the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg will examine the group’s history in order to sharpen our view of events today and encourage dialogue between the minority and majority society. The Centre draws attention to examples of stereotyping, racism and anti-Ziganism in language and images. The exhibition will primarily focus on the genocide during the years of National Socialism. Documents of the Nazi regime will be presented alongside items, reports and private photos of the Sinti and Roma. Moreover, the exhibition will address the ideological prejudices which originated in National Socialism and continue today, the late acknowledgement of the genocide and how this became integral in shaping their identity. The civil rights movement of the Sinti and Roma and present-day anti-Ziganism will also be addressed. The entire exhibition will be produced in both German and English, and supplemented by multimedia presentations. The texts will be accessible via smartphone. An online version of the exhibition is also planned.
Artistic director: Reinhold Lagrene
Project manager: Frank Reuter
Additional Dates and Venues:
Nazi Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne and additional locations in planning