• Sweden's news in English
 

Sweden remembers Roma holocaust

TT/The Local/pvs · 2 Aug 2014, 17:54

Published: 02 Aug 2014 17:54 GMT+02:00

"The Roma victims of the holocaust have been forgotten all too often. We have to therefore raise our voices," said Domino Kai, chairman of the Swedish International Rome Film Festival and initiator of the ceremony. 
 
Kai hopes to establish August 2nd as an official day of remembrance for the atrocity carried out by the Nazis.
 
"One day when we talk properly about the consequences of anti-Roma xenophobia.
 
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag spoke at the ceremony in Stockholm. Meanwhile an official remembrance ceremony was held at Auschwitz-Birkenau and attended by several Swedish representatives, including MEP Soraya Post of the Feminist Initiative.
 
"There is a growing political interest in the day. More and more people think that it is important," said Domino Kai.
 
Estimates vary as to how many Roma were murdered during the course of the holocaust, with figures varying from 220,000 to 500,000.
 
In March 2014 the Swedish government published a white paper on the historic treatment of Roma, detailing systemic abuse and police opinion that it would be best to kill them off.
 
Story continues below…
"This is an unknown and dark part of Swedish history, maybe even darker than what I thought when we started the work with the white book," Erik Ullenhag said at the time.
 
Ullenhag warned that Sweden's "heritage of prejudice" still exists today, pointing to the slew of racist websites in existence.
 

For more news from Sweden, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Lisa Holm murder
Swedish girl's killer loses case in appeal court
Lisa Holm was killed in Blomberg. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT/Police

Swedish girl's killer loses case in appeal court
23 minutes ago

Nerijus Bilevicius still faces life in prison for killing 17-year-old Lisa Holm.

'Naive' Swedes are renting homes to Airbnb hookers
File photo of a couple in a Swedish apartment. Photo: Sandra Qvist

'Naive' Swedes are renting homes to Airbnb hookers
51 minutes ago

Is that respectable-looking couple subletting your apartment actually too good to be true?

Sacked Chelsea boss says he could 'not survive' in Sweden
José Mourinho in Arjeplog, Sweden. Photo: Gestifute

Sacked Chelsea boss says he could 'not survive' in Sweden
2 hours ago

What's José Mourinho's problem with Sweden?

Refugee crisis
Immigration concerns swell among Swedish voters
Refugees in southern Sweden in December. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Immigration concerns swell among Swedish voters
2 hours ago

40 percent of Swedes now believe 'integration and immigration' is the biggest issue facing the Nordic nation, a new poll suggests.

Swedish teen beats cocaine stir with 'French kiss' defence
The people pictured are not related to the story. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/Sandra Qvist/TT

Swedish teen beats cocaine stir with 'French kiss' defence
3 hours ago

You may snort at it, but a Swedish appeals court bought this defence hook, line and sinker.

Beyonce slots Stockholm into Formation world tour
Beyonce at the US Superbowl. Photo: Matt Slocum/TT/AP

Beyonce slots Stockholm into Formation world tour
7 hours ago

The Crazy in Love star is heading to Sweden in July.

My Swedish Career
'I was pretty lucky, I sort of just walked into it'
Scott Wallace is manager at a juice bar in Stockholm. Photo: Emma Lidman/The Local

'I was pretty lucky, I sort of just walked into it'
7 hours ago

Scott Wallace moved to Sweden in October 2014. Today he runs a busy juice bar in one of Stockholm's trendiest areas.

Man dies after falling four floors in Swedish nightclub
People queuing outside the Yaki-Da nightclub in Gothenburg last year. Photo: Yaki-Da Facebook

Man dies after falling four floors in Swedish nightclub
2 days ago

A man in his 30s has died after falling from the fourth floor inside the Yaki-Da nightclub in Gothenburg late on Friday night.

Julian Assange
British press savages Assange and UN panel
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange holding a U.N. report on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Photo: Katy Wrigglesworth/AP

British press savages Assange and UN panel
2 days ago

UK newspaper columnists on Saturday took aim at Julian Assange and the UN panel that found the anti-secrecy campaigner had been "arbitrarily detained".

Julian Assange
Assange: 'Today is a significant victory for us'
Julian Assange's press conference on Friday. Photo: Mattias Areskog/TT

Assange: 'Today is a significant victory for us'
2 days ago

Will Julian Assange be able to walk free?

Sponsored Article
How to set up shop in the 'Silicon Valley of Sweden'
Culture
Ten fab Swedish hits for February
Sponsored Article
US taxes and FATCA: 'The time for hiding is over'
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: February 6th-7th
Lifestyle
VIDEO: What's the fuss about Sweden's semla bun?
Blog updates

5 February

Editor’s blog, February 5th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, A friend of mine wrote from abroad this week to ask me if international media…" READ »

 

4 February

City Runs (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Since moving to Stockholm I’ve been blessed to live next to the Djurgarden, and to be…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
Swiss hospitality: The ladder to your international career
Travel
Stockholm's eight REAL no-go zones
Sponsored Article
Ice magic at north Sweden island lodges
Gallery
People-watching: February 3rd
National
'How confronting the man who robbed me gave me closure'
Analysis & Opinion
DEBATE: Why are Swedes so obsessed with Nordic skiing?
Sponsored Article
Just landed? Here's the secret to finding work in Stockholm
Culture
See which Swedish museums are now opening up for free
Sponsored Article
Stockholm's secret ski resort: Kungsberget
Gallery
Property of the week: Insjön, Nacka
National
VIDEO: Tensions caught on camera inside Swedish asylum home
Sponsored Article
Luleå: 8 winter must-dos in Sweden's far north
Gallery
People-Watching: January 29th - 31st
International
How will Sweden deport up to 80,000 failed asylum seekers?
Sport
When you gotta go... Swedish racing dog does poo and then takes gold
Sport
Guess who just got a HUGE pay rise?
Travel
WATCH: Five top tips for safe ice skating on Sweden's gorgeous lakes
Gallery
People-watching: January 27th
National
'Sweden could be at war within years'
Gallery
Property of the week: Öjersbo, Kungsbacka
International
Why is the Pope coming to Sweden?
Travel
Ten must-see Stockholm museums
National
He created Sweden's huge snow penis
Culture
The historic moment when Abba reunited on stage in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
OPINION: Why I can't embrace Sweden's obsession with hugging
3,400
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se