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More news from Eva Sajovic, who writes regarding a new exhibition for Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month, this time remembering the Holcaust against the Roma and Sinti in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Hosted at the Mile End Art Pavillion,  the exhibition promises to be a shockingly intimate and comprehensive documentation of the disenfranchisement, persecution and genocide of the Roma and Sinti communities, the photographs and personal testimonies challenging viewers to consider this episode in the context of post-war prejudice and persecution across Europe.

Lead-managed by the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma, the official launch being hosted by the German Embassy, the exhibition is intended to raise awareness of the murder of 500,000 people by the National Socialists, a fact which many forget in their consideration of the horrors of the Second World War:

The Arts Pavillion
Mile End
London E3 4QX
Exhibition open 2 – 20 June
Tue-Sat 12-6 pm
Sun 12-4 pm
Closed Mondays

Read more about the exhibition below:

Read more about the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma below:

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June 2010 will be the third year that Britain has celebrated Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month.

There is a shocking amount of ignorance about the historic and cultural identities of the travelling communities in Britain. Few who are concerned about the impact of travellers on the greenbelt will pause to think about traditions that extend back half a millennium, more rooted in the history of the British isles than many would ever imagine.

As Jake Bowers writes on the GRTHM website:

“Quite simply, ignorance about who we are and where we come from leads to ruined lives.  Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month celebrates our culture and history by tackling the negative stereotyping and prejudices that have led to this situation.”

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, History Month has gained international significance, Gay McDougall, United Nations Independent Expert on Minority issues, issuing a statement welcoming the United Kingdom’s commitment to recognising the contribution of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities to British society [see the PDF below].

This year promises to offer the widest range of activities to engage the settled community yet. I hope it crosses your path in places other than this blog. More than anything, I hope we are all big enough to rise to the challenge of considering Gypsy, Roma and Traveller issues with an open mind.

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Eva Sajovic has emailed to say that her phenomenal and moving exhibition about the lives of the travelling community now has two new exciting venues.

If you missed it the first time around, you now have an opportunity to see the work of an extraordinarily talented artist as she brings to life stories that would ordinarily be lost to most of us, even though they are written in the fabric of the community about us.

You can see this exciting exhibition, that tells the story of some of the most persecuted communities in our country, at the following locations:

Exhibition 27th May – 30th June 2010

Central Hackney Library, 1 Reading Lane London, E8 1GQ

Tel: 020 8356 5239

Exhibition 1st – 30th June 2010

West Norwood Library, Norwood High Street, London, SE27 9JX

Tel: 020 7926 8092

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