The photographic exhibition of Samudaripen (the gypsy genocide during the II World War), promoted and designed by Maranatha Federation, has started a tour around Europe after having been visited by Valencian society last November.
The first destination of the fifteen monographic panels that make up this exhibition has been Krakow (Poland), where the association “Stowarzyszenie Kulturalno Społeczne Romów” (CKRR), partner of the project, has had the responsability of promoting, along with local authorities, the location of the exhibition in the city social centre, thus offering to citizens an unknowm vision of the tragedy experienced by gypsy people during the Nazi regime.
The opening of the exhibition was held on the 26th of January 2017, a day before the 72th anniversary of the Auschwitz concentration camp liberation, a symbolic date to remember the Holocaust and its victims.
The opening of the photographic exhibition was preceded by a conference, in which Mr. Piotr Cwic, vice-Voivod of Malopolska region, participated, as well as Mr. Adam Bartosz, former head of the Etnographic Museum in Tárnow, among other personalities. The local responsible for Roma affairs and several experts in this field also participated. During the meeting, which was attended by thirty people, the results, conclusions and recommendations of the International Seminar held in Valencia were disseminated.
The organization CKRR took advantage to promote its daily work and those activities associated with the Ethnographic Museum in Tarnów, a permanent place for reclaiming Gypsy culture and, specially, for promoting the historical memory recovery. The activity concluded with a video about the Samudaripen victims in Poland and with testimonies of Auschwitz survivors, which moved all those present.
The itinerant photographic exhibition is part of the European project Mem Rom: Reflection and memory of the Rroma Holocaust, led by Federación Maranatha de Asociaciones Gitanas and co-financed by the programme Europe for Citizens of the European Union. In this project, which objective is to recover Gypsy people’s historical memory by making visible the genocide experienced during the II World War, are participating other three organizations that work for the Gypsy people’s inclusion and equality in Europe. Fondazione Romaní from Italy, Madhouse from Germany and the above-mentioned CKRR from Poland.
The president of Federación Maranatha, José Alfredo Maya Maya, who travelled to Krakow in order to be present during the conference and opening of the photographic exhibition, claimed that ‘it is an honor to lead this project that, without a doubt, will contribute to make visible the suffering of Gypsy people during the II World War and will help to eradicate any prejudice and sterotype existing against Gypsies in many parts of the world’.