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Romani community member Stanislav Holomek has passed away in Germany

11.11.2019 9:38
Stanislav Holomek (PHOTO: Archive of the Museum of Romani Culture, Czech Republic)
Stanislav Holomek (PHOTO: Archive of the Museum of Romani Culture, Czech Republic)

On Tuesday, 29 October, Stanislav Holomek passed away in Augsburg, Germany. The Museum of Romani Culture has informed news server Romea.cz of his passing.

Stanislav Holomek was born on 7 February 1935 in Milonice in the Vyškovska district of Czechoslovakia to a family of indigenous Moravian Roma. Along with the rest of his family, he survived the horrors of racially-motivated persecution during the Second World War thanks to the mayor of the municipality of Nesovice, who refused to send Romani residents from his community to be transported to an almost certain death in the Nazi concentration camps. 

After the war, Stanislav and his family moved to Jeseník and he later graduated from hotel school in Mariánské Lázně. He remained in West Bohemia and worked as a manager and later as a director of hotel and restaurant operations.

Stanislav's brother Miroslav was one of the crucial figures who, in 1969, established the first officially-approved Romani organization in the Czech lands, the Union of Gypsies-Roma (Svaz Cikánů-Romů). During the brief existence of the Union (1969–1973), Stanislav's brother Miroslav was its chair.

At the beginning of the 1970s Stanislav Holomek managed a branch of the Union's economic enterprise, Névodrom, in the West Bohemian Region of Czechoslovakia. In 1980 he and his family emigrated to Germany, where they remained.

SB, press release of the Museum of Romani Culture, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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