European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day - Council of Europe, Strasbourg

Sunday, August 2, 2020 - 12:00

Commemorative ceremony on the occasion of the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

The Roma commemorate this tragedy on 2 August, the date on which over 3,000 Roma men, women and children were exterminated in gas chamber V of the "Zigeunerlager BIII" at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.  The extermination of Roma during the Second World War is by far the greatest tragedy in Roma history.

For several years, the Council of Europe has held commemoration ceremonies on the occasion of the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day (2 August) in front of the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg.

This year, however, due to the COVID-19 crisis and its various related risks and restrictions, it has been decided to replace the physical meeting with an online video statement by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. 

The commemoration of 2 August remains a key activity during which the Council of Europe underlines the importance of teaching remembrance and honours the Roma victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

For more information on the Roma remembrance work please visit:


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