Russian Roma war heroes - Alexander Baurov

Alexander Baurov was a Russian Roma and came from a family of famous artists, musicians and singers. He played guitar in a band, but at the same time studied electrical engineering in Leningrad. During World War II he became commander of communications support in the Red Army, and later commander of the First Air Force Division. After the war, where he was awarded the prestigious Hero, he joined the Soviet Engineering Corps, which built and launched the first Soviet missiles.

During the Second World War, there were more Roma who fought in the ranks of Russian partisans and soldiers.

Central Council of German Sinti and Roma mourns the loss of Peter Höllenreiner

In the afternoon of July 28, 2020, Peter Höllenreiner died, who had been closely associated with the work of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma and the Documentation Center for many years. Peter Höllenreiner survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp as a child. In recent years, he has been intensively looking into his own history and that of his family. As a Holocaust survivor, he has participated in numerous Central Council events and documented the history of persecution of Sinti and Roma as a witness.

Peter Höllenreiner was born in Munich on March 17, 1939. In March 1943, he and his family were deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, where he arrived the day before his fourth birthday and was registered in the camp register of the so-called “Gypsy Camp” with the number 3531. In 1944 Peter Höllenreiner was deported from Auschwitz-Birkenau to Ravensbrück and from there to Mauthausen in March 1945.

The number tattooed on his forearm in Auschwitz had Peter Höllenreiner removed in the post-war period - in order to have it tattooed again a few years later as a protest against the continuing discrimination against Sinti and Roma in post-war Germany, not least by the so-called "Land Driver's Center" at the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office.



Slovakia: Police Attack Roma Family in Their Apartment Allegedly for Loud Music from Their DVD

At around 11 pm on Tuesday in the town of Dobшиini - Slovakia, two city police officers broke into the social apartment of a Roma family, behaving vulgarly, swearing and physically attacking a member of the Kotlar family.

They had previously arrived at around 9pm and said to stop the music from their DVD which they immediately lowered the tone.

But they were not satisfied with that and broke into the apartment again and physically and verbally hit Jaroslav Kotlar and took away their DVD.

The next morning, Jaroslav came to the police station to get his DVD, for which the police officer demanded 30 euros. Jarslav noted that he did not know the reason why he had to pay 30 euros for his DVD, which was confiscated from him without parole.

According to Press TV, this is not the first time that local police officers have broken into Roma apartments and harassed them. Kotalr did not file a complaint in this case, but Press TV is following the event and whether there will be a solution to this incident.



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Eid al-Adha

Eid ul-Adha (ar. عيد الأضحى Eid ul-Adha) - a major Islamic holiday that lasts 4 days (10-13 zulhijte, ie the twelfth month according to the Arabic calendar) and is called the so-called holiday of sacrifice because then a sacrifice is offered - kurban, usually rams and are distributed to the poor.

On the first day of the holiday, the prayer for Eid - Eid prayer is performed, with which the believers ask for mercy from Allah. Characteristic of this holiday is the offering of a sacrifice - a sacrifice that has the symbolism of approaching God. The custom is performed by everyone who has the opportunity to do so. Those who offer sacrifices then distribute the meat to the poor, neighbors and relatives. On this day the pilgrimage of the pilgrims who went to pay homage to the Holy Frog in Mecca is crowned.

Eid al-Adha always falls on the same day according to the Islamic calendar, but according to the Gregorian calendar the date is different from year to year because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar. The lunar calendar is approximately 11 days shorter than the solar calendar. Every year, Eid al-Adha (like other Islamic holidays) is celebrated on one of two different Gregorian dates in different parts of the world.

Otherwise, this 2020 Eid al-Adha is on July 31 according to the Gregorian calendar, otherwise Hijrah 1441.

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