romea - logo
February 25, 2018
Loading
extended search

US Chargé d’Affaires at Roma Holocaust site: I pay tribute to the Czech Government's pledge to solve the problem of the pig farm

16.5.2017 7:01
Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith (right) from the Embassy of the United States of America in Prague during her speech at the traditional commemorative ceremony honoring the memories of the Romani victims of the Holocaust at Lety. On the left is Helena Markusová, a political analyst at the embassy. (PHOTO:  Petr Zewlakk Vrabec)
Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith (right) from the Embassy of the United States of America in Prague during her speech at the traditional commemorative ceremony honoring the memories of the Romani victims of the Holocaust at Lety. On the left is Helena Markusová, a political analyst at the embassy. (PHOTO: Petr Zewlakk Vrabec)

Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith from the Embassy of the United States of America in Prague reminded those assembled at the Lety Memorial on 13 May for the commemorative ceremony at Lety u Písku of the importance of such ceremonies for honoring the memory of the Romani victims of the Holocaust, adding:  "We can also honor them by making sure that all Romani people are treated with dignity." News server Romea.cz publishes her speech in full here:

Speech by Kelly Adams-Smith, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the United States of America in Prague, 13 May 2017

Honored guests, Minister Chvojka, Minister Herman, Mr Růžička, Ambassadors, representatives of the Czech Government, ladies and gentlemen,     

Thank you for inviting me to today's commemorative ceremony. It is my honor to remember with you today the frequently overlooked persecution of Romani and Sinti men, women and children during the Second World War.

They were among millions of people from all over Europe who were forced into concentration camps, where death usually awaited them. Today it seems unthinkable that such a methodical system of discrimination and murder could have existed in Europe.

For that reason, it is important to acknowledge that the Roma and Sinti were forced into Lety for the same reason that others were forced into Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau and Terezín:  Because they were different. What happened here is a horrifying reminder of what can happen when people act in the belief that those who are different are also inferior.  

It is important for these commemorative ceremonies honoring the memory of the victims to be held. We can also honor them by making sure that all Romani people are treated with dignity.

All Romani children should have equal access to education, and all adults should enjoy equal employment opportunities. Ending discrimination in any form is the best way to remember the horrible legacy of Lety.

The Czech Republic and the United States share the same ideal of equal treatment of all people, irrespective of their differences. There is a great deal still to be done in both of our countries to achieve this ideal.

I know that many state officials want to improve the quality of life for Romani people in the Czech Republic. I pay tribute to the Czech Government's pledge to solve the problem of the pig farm and build a dignified memorial.

We hope the Government will take that important step this year. On behalf of myself and the people of the United States of America, I thank you for the opportunity to be with you at this commemorative ceremony.

Kelly Adams-Smith
Views: 341x

Don't miss:

Related articles:

Tags:  

Lety u Písku, Pietní akce, romský holocaust, USA



HEADLINE NEWS

--ilustrační foto--

Czech survey finds youth are more prejudiced against minorities than their elders

8.2.2018 7:46
A survey performed by experts from the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR) in collaboration with the Institute of Sociology has ascertained that while the subjects of the Holocaust, minorities and tolerance are being taught in the Czech schools, the instruction is having no influence on some widespread prejudices. ÚSTR has long focused on instruction about these sensitive historical subjects in the schools and more than 600 teachers take its courses annually.
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Outgoing Czech PM backs MP who doubted Romani Holocaust, says he has apologized and his words have been "misinterpreted"

7.2.2018 16:32
Outgoing Czech PM Andrej Babiš (ANO) says that he believes the chair of the SPD movement, Tomio Okamura, has already apologized for his remarks about the Protectorate-era
concentration camp at Lety u Písku, a site of the genocide of the Roma during the Second World War. When asked today whether he supports removing Okamura from his post as vice-chair of the lower house, as the Christian Democrats propose, the PM said he considers Okamura's apology to have been sufficient.
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Czech Republic: Unique "Memory of the Roma" project keeps historical memory alive through video

7.2.2018 7:33
Over a cup of coffee in her apartment in Rokycany, Czech Republic, 67-year-old Květa Tůmová Tomášová recalls the stories of her family, whose roots are in the Šariš region of eastern Slovakia. She talks about labor camps, partisans, the Second World War, the postwar migration to the Czech Republic, her childhood in Rokycany, and the classroom where she and her brother Mírák were the only Romani children.
 full story

Discussion:

Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Romea.cz. Moderátoři serveru Romea.cz si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Romea.cz. Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na Romea.cz ostatním uživatelům.

More articles from category







..
romea - logo