May 16th а day of resistance by the Roma people against Nazi Germany

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the uprising of the Roma people as another victim and target of Nazism, which is rarely talked about in public.

On May 15, the highest command of the Nazi police decided to kill all the prisoners in the so-called "gypsy camp" in order to free up space for the transport of Jews from Hungary.

On the night of May 16, 1944, some 6,000 Roma from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp faced extinction in a desperate attempt to save their lives and oppose the German SS.

The Roma are raising the uprising with improvised weapons, fighting the soldiers with stones, iron pipes, wooden panels, barbed wire and smuggled planks. They managed to repel an attack by hundreds of German soldiers. They manage to delay the extinction. The next day, the German army, regrouped and heavily armed, quells the uprising. Half of the 6,000 detainees were sent to other camps, and the rest were killed on August 2.

However, such forms of resistance are largely not mentioned, nor are they adequately marked in today's commemorations of the struggle against fascism. In recent years, initiatives have been launched by Roma activists, recalling the historical resistance of the Roma people in brutal Nazi camps and (following the example of other movements) by updating the topic of reparations for past and current racist violence.

However, the failure of modern Europe in terms of the Holocaust against the Roma must be noted. Various programs adopted over the years to repair Holocaust victims provide financial compensation to certain groups, such as Jehovah's Witnesses, people with disabilities, and LGBT victims - some of whom include Roma. But reparations programs for Roma victims have not yet been adopted.

May 16 is a day to commemorate the resistance of the Roma, a lesser-known and forgotten target of Nazi Germany's racist policies.

Google awards 625,000 euros to combat hate speech against Roma

The organization's project consists of a series of activities aimed at better identifying, monitoring, reporting and combating hate speech on the internet against the Roma community, and the social media campaign will share positive stories for the Roma.


Two Belgium-based organizations, ERGO Network and Mobile School, received over a million euros from Google to combat the spread of hate speech online.


The project of the Internet Security Congress in Brussels was presented by Google Director for Europe, Matt Britin.


As noted, Google plays an important role in the responsibility of keeping harmful and illegal content away from its platforms, yet the company cannot do it alone.


Last year, the company issued a call to organizations active in the field of hatred, extremism, and child safety online. As noted, more than 800 organizations have applied. Through its philanthropic subsidiary, the company managed to raise 10m euros to support 29 selected companies from 14 countries, Belgian media reported.


In Belgium, the ERGO Network received 625,000 euros to combat Roma-related hatred in various countries.


40 youth from the Roma community will be trained in awareness raising and efforts will be made to better control the problem.

ERGO Network seeks to address the problem of Roma-related hate speech in several European countries.


This organization's project consists of a series of activities aimed at better identifying, monitoring, informing and eliminating online hate speech against Roma and the Roma community, and the social media campaign will also share positive stories about Roma.


The non-profit Mobile School also received € 490,000 for the development of a digital tool called Streetsmart. The organization seeks to prevent young people around the world from joining extremist groups by setting up an educational program on the streets.




Colourised Photos Show The True Horror Of The Holocaust

“Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky” – Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor.


This week the world held Holocaust Memorial Day, marking 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviets. And to mark this anniversary, I have colourised a selection of photos taken throughout the first few months of 1945, as the rest of the world became fully aware of the horrors of the Nazi holocaust.


This was the most harrowing project I have ever worked on. I usually enjoy colourising photos as the process brings the subjects to life gradually, which is a satisfying experience. Still, with this project, it was upsetting as the images are so shocking.


They serve as a stark reminder of man’s inhumanity to man. I had to give myself time to do something else and try to switch off while working on these photos as they made me angry. I felt sicker as the pictures came to life, but I feel it was an important thing to do, to remind people – especially younger generations, that this happened and that it’s not that far back in history.


It is so important, especially as the years go on, that we do more to bring the past to life, and keep images like these relevant and shocking, so this never happens again.


The colourising process was also different as these people were close to death by the time of their liberation, so painting skin tones was utterly different. In colour, you can see the bones and the pale, bloodless skin, and even young men look older with greying hair and dark patches around their eyes.


I am a British photo colouriser. Please visit PhotograFix on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you want to check out more.



On this day in 1944 , 800 Roma children are gassed at Auschwitz

During the Holocaust, it wasn’t just the Jews who suffered at the hands at the Nazis although they bore the brunt of the racism and extermination at the hands of the Germans and their allies during World War II. The Gypsies were also persecuted during the reign of Hitler and his henchmen.


The Nazis at their death camp at Auschwitz gassed 800 children including over 100 boys between the ages of 9-14 on this day. How did this ever be allowed to happen?


The Gypsy people were hated by the Nazis, the definition of what constituted a Gypsy to the Nazis was often the same as what constituted a Jew in the racist writings of the Third Reich. As early as 1937, the roundup of Gypsies was beginning in Germany.


The Germans did little to conceal their murderous plans. In 1937, Dr. Robert Ritter, a racist with a medical degree gave a presentation in Paris on what would be the racial definition of Gypsies as the Reich considered Gypsies “asocial.” In December of 1937, Heinrich Himmler issued a decree that provided grounds to arrest people, not for committing crimes but for being “asocial.”



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