Juliana Vodrážková: Josef Bánom has passed away
Josef Bánom, born 23. 1. 1941 in Slovakia, passed away on 23. 12. 2019. He was my uncle and a great figure, and I believe he is one of those whose activity and work in the Romani community must not be forgotten.
My uncle was not indifferent about his own life, he began to study with the great support of his parents and the rest of the family. He was one of the great figures of the 1970s.
He was part of the group of the Romani intelligentsia who established the first-ever official Romani organization here in 1969, the Union of Gypsies-Roma (Svaz Cikánů – Romů). At the time he was working with PhDr. Milena Hübschmannová, Ing. Miroslav Holomek and Zikmund Vagai.
My uncle frequently recalled PhDr. Eva Davidová, who would always greet him before giving speeches at conferences or various other meetings by saying: "Before I begin I would like to say hello to my phralora Jožka." He was one of those who planted the seeds for lifting up his nation and developing work in the Romani community.
He actively contributed to the creation of the International Romani Union (IRU) during the 1970s in London. He focused on education, which to this day he considered one of the most important formats for creating a better life for all, mainly for his children.
In 1980 he attended a congress of Sinti-Roma in Nuremberg, and ever since then he worked closely with the chair of the German organization for Roma-Sinti. During those years he frequently visited the Consul of India at their Embassy, exchanging information and consulting with him about the contemporary lives of Romani people here - they became close friends and my uncle visited the Consul in his own home.
Today we Roma have figures among us with college degrees who continue to draw on the early ideas he was involved with - they are just adding their own structure and new names to them. I would also like to write something here about his love for his family and for people in general as part of his activities.
To ensure a better future for his children, he emigrated with his entire family to Canada, where they live to this day. He was a person with a big heart.
He loved his wife Růžena to his last moment, all 53 years of their marriage. He taught his three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren to show love and respect.
Even when he was very ill, he showed his joy of life and his love to everybody, and it was returned to him by everybody. That is why I greatly appreciate him and I will remember him with great love... for me, he was a person with a wonderful soul and beautiful charisma.
- Romani community member Stanislav Holomek has passed away in Germany
- Romani community member Jozef Facuna has passed away in the Czech Republic
- Romani musician Jan Surmaj has passed away in the Czech Republic
- Miroslav Kováč, former chair of the Equal Opportunities Party in the Czech Republic, has passed away after a long illness
- Věra Bílá, legendary singer from the Romani community, has passed away in the Czech Republic
- Czech Republic: Eva Davidová, an ethnographer who loved Romani people, has passed away
- Canada grants asylum to former MEP who faced death threats in Hungary due to her Romani origin
- Czech Republic: Romani broadcaster and educator Hilda Pášová has passed away
- Eduard Oláh, sculptor and stonemason who designed memorial to the Romani victims of Hodonín concentration camp, has passed away
- Ladislav Body, Romani man elected MP in the former Czechoslovakia, has passed away
- Emílie Machálková, a Czech Romani Holocaust survivor, has passed away
- Czech Republic: Ignác Zima, co-founder of the Union of Gypsies-Roma, has passed away
- Canada: Czechoslovak Roma express support for Romani celebrity and condemn Czech support for xenophobic band
- Karel Holomek: Migration crisis not new, Roma migrated from Slovakia post-WWII and to Canada post-1989
- Czech Republic: Romani author and journalist Gejza Demeter has passed away
- Romani victims of recent murders in Hungary commemorated in Canada and Europe
- Canada says Romani people not subjected to state-organized repression in EU
- Hungarian Roma activist, former member of European Parliament emigrates to Canada
- Czech Republic: Activist Václav Zástěra has passed away
- Refugee in Canada launching political movement in Czech Republic
- Josef Banom: When "patriots" sing the Czech national anthem, I go cold
- Commentary by Josef Banom: I will not distance myself from something for which I am not responsible
- In IUSTITIA warns Canada: 2008 violence in Litvínov has never been punished
- Karolína Bánomová and Paul St.Clair: Mr Krištof, we demand a public apology
- Petr Horváth, founder of the band Gipsy Sendy, has passed away at the age of 45 in Slovakia
- American author Paul Polansky has passed away
- Czech hospital refuses to examine young Romani man - by the time doctors agreed to see him, he died
- Marcel Courthiade, linguist who dedicated himself to the emancipation of Roma and their language, has passed away
- Popular Romani singer Bertík Girga posts emotional video from Czech hospital telling people COVID-19 is real
- Legendary Romani musician Rudolf Bagár has passed away
- Romani singer Věra Gondolánová has passed away
- Romani kickboxer from Czech Republic keeps winning with "Gitano" on his back and the Romani flag on his shorts
- Commentary: Senator infamous for antigypsyist remarks about the "cikánská question" joins regional party in the Czech Republic
- Rajko Djurić, academic, author and former president of the International Romani Union, has passed away
- Romani blogger known in the Czech Republic and Slovakia dies of COVID-19, posted video warning just this morning
- Forbes.cz: Romani celebrity Monika Bagárová is the third most influential person on Czech Instagram