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musím studovat (and Roma rant)

i have had a totally unproductive holiday weekend! my self-discipline is.... ok, nonexistent. today, i must study. that is the thing about learning a new language....if i go three days in a row without using more than three word sentences and without studying, i forget it all. the education system here really does demand discipline....no exams until the very last one, and i really don't want to be one of those people who cram and cram at the end.
i think next weekend i am going to Lety and Hodonín, Roma concentration camps in the Czech Republic.

in fact, the Roma were the first casualties of the Holocaust (Porrajmos in Romani, which means "The Devouring"). in January, 1940, 250 Roma children were murdered in Buchenwald, used as test subjects for Zyklon-B, which was later used in the gas chambers. in June, Hitler ordered the liquidation of "all Jews, Gypsies and communist political functionaries in the entire Soviet Union." in December, 1942, Justice Minister Otto Thierack declared that "Jews and Gypsies must be unconditionally exterminated." on the night of July 31, 1944, four thousand Roma were gassed and cremated in a single event at Auschwitz-Birkenau. yet...no one was present at Nuremberg for the Roma. no reparations ever made.
proverbial insult to injury, on the grounds of these two camps today is a controversial pig farm atop a mass grave site at Lety and a recreational park on Hodonín. activists have been fighting to have the pig farm removed, as it defames the memory of those who died there and others who were transferred to Auschwitz to meet their fate. i can't help but wonder if the pig farm represents the barbaric nature of past and current treatment of Roma.

Roma children at Lety - at least 240 children died there

the US has done little to recognize the atrocities against the Roma during the Holocaust. the Holocaust museum has a small area dedicated to "other victims" of the Holocaust in which it places the Roma.
today, the Roma continue to face discrimination and persecution on a global level. and, again, few people, (especially Americans) know.... but, then, why should they...just look at the American arm in the Balkans...


don't fear death
melissa muses (or maia, you choose)


wandering does not make you a "gypsy."
why would you call yourself
after those who have no home?
long skirts and hoop earrings
do not make you a "gypsy."
why do you call yourself after
those who have no clothes?

"gypsy" is pejorative. please don't perpetuate the stereotype. educate yourself on what it really means to be a "gypsy" in this world.

Who are the Roma?

Decade of Roma Inclusion

Dženo Association

European Roma Rights Centre

Roma Balkans

Roma National Congress

Romani World



Rroma Media Network

Soros Roma Initiatives

Studii Romani

The European Union and Roma

The Patrin Webjournal: Romani Culture and History

Voice of Roma
World Bank Roma Initiatives

Have a Happy Day! :)

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