Aftermath: A Road to Recovery and Remembrance.

MEMORY

 

Photo courtesy of USHMM. This is a memorial in dedication of The Roma and Sinti people located in Berlin Germany.

Since the liberation of the Roma and Sinti people, many advancements have been made for their minority as a whole. Around 1989, Gypsy political parties began to emerge. Since then, there have been Roma representatives elected as representatives, voted into parliament, and have even served as delegates to the United Nations. In the realm of media, there have been Romany television programs created and the Roma people now proudly demonstrate their astounding artistic talent through creating newspapers, magazines, and publishing their work. When I began this project, I once questioned why there was not much publicity or attention drawn to the tragic loss of the Roma and Sinti people during the Holocaust and I think after completing my research that perhaps the reasons their stories were not as often in the spotlight is the traditional values of their people and the sense of community they have with themselves. They did not need to share their stories or troubles with the world, when all they needed for comfort was one another. Also even after their liberation, it was still considered somewhat taboo for their people too learn to read and write, so many stories will go untold and vanished away when those souls laid to rest. I no longer see it as them being forgotten but rather them consoling within one another and moving on to carry out the legacy of their way of life.