Settela Steinbach was sent to Auschwitz on
19-5-1944, and died in the gaschamber 31-7
At 12 noon on Friday (3 August) a commemoration
is taking place at the Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial,
London, for the 500,000 Roma who died as victims
of the Nazi genocide during the Second World War.
Those attending will wear replicas of the badges
worn by death-camp inmates, yellow stars and white
triangles embossed with "Z" for Zigeuner.
White and yellow flowers are to be laid, a black-edged
flag lowered and a minute's silence observed,
followed by the singing of the Romani national anthem,
which includes the line "The Black Legion murdered
This commemoration is linked with the observance on
Thursday at 12 noon beside the Holocaust Memorial stone
in front of the Palais de l'Europe, Council of Europe,
being held by the European Roma and Travellers
On the night of 2/3 August 1944, the SS carried out
the final liquidation of what was known as the
Zigeunerlager at the Auschwitz death-camp.
Witnesses say the last 3000 inmates, mostly women,
children and old men, fought back with their bare hands
as they were forced into the lorries taking them to the
The men who carried out collectively the Hitler genocide
were "only carrying out orders". Studies have shown many
were ordinary people, from ordinary walks of life. But they
were willing to destroy and murder, once their victims had
been sufficiently vilified.
We are concerned that today we "Gypsies" are again being
made scape-goats, often in the media. We are seeing all
over Europe the re-emergence of anti-Roma racism and violence
on a growing scale. Witness the acts of wanton home-destruction,
forced move-ons, evictions and deportations, vigilante attacks and
arson, and racially motivated murders.
Therefore in remembering the Holocaust, we urge all to help combat
racism and halt the downward spiral that could in another dark epoch
result in a second genocide.
8 April Movement