Commemoration of the Roma victims of the Holocaust

13. 05. 2024

On Sunday, 12 May 2024, representatives of the Terezín Initiative Institute attended a commemorative gathering to honor the memory of the Roma victims of the Holocaust.

The event was addressed by the director of the Museum of Roma Culture, descendants of those imprisoned, a representative of the Office of the President, the President of the Senate, ambassadors, and other distinguished guests.

"The site of the camp at Lety u Písku is linked to a long and troubled past. It is an authentic place where the Protectorate's so-called gypsy camp operated between 1942 and 1943. It was one of two places (the other was in Hodonín u Kunštátu) where entire families of Moravian and Czech Roma and Sinti were forcibly concentrated before being transported to the concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz II-Birkenau. The camp buildings themselves were razed to the ground and burned after the last mass transport in 1943. During its existence (August 1942 - August 1943), approximately 1,300 men, women and children passed through the camp. It is certain that a total of 335 people died in Lety, most of the victims were children." source: MRK

Illustrations and photos from the commemorative assembly were provided by Dana Gabalova. A recording of the event is available on the Museum of Roma Culture's Facebook page.