Special issue of Romano voďi magazine on Romani Holocaust and Czech state buyout of pig farm on genocide site
The Czech and Romanes language magazine Romano voďi has dedicated most of its November issue to the subject of the Romani Holocaust. As the year comes to an end, the editors believe it is important to recall the dates and contexts that preceded the historically significant, groundbreaking decision by the Czech Government in August to buy out the pig farm on the site of the former camp at Lety.
Various articles in the issue review the current situation and discuss what can be anticipated from future developments. Experts collaborating with the magazine have been mapping events and time periods related to the former "Gypsy camps" and their postwar fates, about which little is generally known.
The director of the Museum of Romani Culture, Jana Horváthová, who is an historian, discusses with reporter Renáta Berkyová the museum's perspective on the buyout of the farm and the administration and future form of the memorial there. She has also authored an article about the creation of the memorial at the former "Gypsy camp" at Hodonín u Kunštátu in which she describes the background of the political negotiations she participated in regarding that location.
The events of the wartime era at the Lety camp are focused on by historian Ctibor Nečas, while Jana Hejkrlíková focuses in more detail on the period between the closure of the camps and the 1989 Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, a time about which many unmapped areas and unanswered questions remain. Because even a special issue is not enough to cover the full breadth of this subject, the editors have also prepared a brief guide to the existing literature and resources that have been available about this topic from the very beginning.
In other content, Inka Jurková contributes an article about Romani people in Italy today, and the magazine's regular sections include pieces from the Romani children's writing competition "Romano suno", composer Gejza Bendig's musings about his song "Budapest", and literary scholar Karolína Ryvolová writes about contemporary Romani literature in Slovakia. The journal can be ordered using the simple online form at www.romanovodi.cz.
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- Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner welcomes Czech Govt purchase of pig farm on Romani genocide site
- Czech Republic: Museum of Romani Culture says contract to buy pig farm on genocide site will be signed after elections
- Czech company that owns pig farm on Roma genocide site will appeal order to return subsidy due to EU anti-fraud investigation
- Romani activist Čeněk Růžička receives prestigious Artis Bohemiae Amicis award, Czech Culture Minister promises current Govt will buy pig farm
- Documentary film about Romani activist Jožka Miker brings his energy to the screen
- Czech Republic: "Stumbling-stones" commemorate Romani Holocaust victims for the first time ever
- Exhibition "A Vanished World" about indigenous Czech Roma and Sinti again on display in Prague
- UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe welcomes Czech Govt genocide site buyout, calls for illegally sterilized women to be compensated
- Some Romani activists do not want future genocide memorial at Lety to be run by the Czech state
- Unique Czechoslovak film from 1960 about the concentration camp for Roma at Lety screening on Romea.cz
- Czech Museum of Romani Culture's international competition for new memorial at former concentration camp receives 41 designs, exceeding organizers' expectations
- Documentary film LETY to screen in Czech capital on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day
- Civil society members of the Czech Govt Council on Roma Minority Affairs differ on whether Human Rights Commissioner should remain in office
- Czech Republic's Museum of Romani Culture to educate students at memorial site of former concentration camp at Lety
- Czech Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes honors Romani activist's work to remove pig farm from Holocaust remembrance site
- Documentary film LETY captures the despair and the hopes of those who fought to remove the industrial pig farm from the site of the former concentration camp for Roma
- Czech Republic's Museum of Romani Culture announces competition to design the memorial at the site of the former concentration camp for Romani people at Lety
- Czech court postpones hearing in case of anti-Romani signs posted at site of former concentration camp to hear explanation of mobile phone data
- ROMEA TV: Irrefutable evidence found that industrial pig farm was built on top of former concentration camp for Roma
- Museum of Romani Culture to open Roma and Sinti Center in the Czech capital four years from now
- Czech archaeologists discover two graves of Romani concentration camp victims at Lety u Písku
- Czech archaeological survey confirms human remains are located in the vicinity of current memorial to WWII-era concentration camp for Roma