The Roma have their place in the common European history

2023. 05. 16.

On 16 May, we remember the Day of Roma Resistance, commemorating the Roma uprising in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on 16 May 1944. “Today we honour the strength, perseverance and resilience of the Roma in the face of adversity”, reminded Lívia Járóka, Fidesz MEP.

“Throughout history, the Roma have been subjected to numerous atrocities, persecution, enslavement and forced assimilation policies. However, this has often been left out of the commonly known and taught historical narratives, leading to a lack of knowledge on the subject. This further reinforced negative stereotypes and misinformation about Roma and the lack of understanding of their experiences, struggles and contributions,” MEP Lívia Járóka pointed out.

“Despite these challenges, however, the Roma have persevered, preserving their rich cultural identity and traditions. That is why Roma scholars, activists and artists play a crucial role in breaking down stereotypes, challenging discrimination, playing a prominent role in documenting our history, and are truly able to deliver inclusion policies,” MEP Járóka stressed.

“The inclusion of Roma perspectives and knowledge in academic research, cultural institutions and policy-making contributes to a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of European history and culture. This mediating role has a place in European Roma policy, but it must also be articulated in the everyday lives of European Roma artists, scholars and professionals,” MEP Lívia Járóka concluded.

Background: on 24 May 2023 MEP Járóka, in collaboration with Liszt Institute Brussels will organise a commemorative jazz concert to mark Roma Resistance Day at the Liszt Institute in Brussels.