On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, civil society organisations working on anti-racism and anti-discrimination issues joined forces to raise awareness of this dark period. On 30 January, the EESC and ERIO (the European Roma Information Office) joined forces to host the conference "Anti-Gypsyism and the Holocaust: Remembering the past and shaping the future", a project bringing MemoROM to a close.
The suffering of the Roma and Sinti communities during WWII is mirrored nowadays by persistent discrimination against these populations throughout Europe. These trends are growing constantly and paint a worrying picture of the future European political landscape. Public recognition of the Roma and Sinti Holocaust is crucial for raising awareness of this event in mainstream society and achieving public support for the fight against anti-gypsyism.