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ROMA - A Discussion of Diversity and the Treatment of Minorities in Europe: Unit 1



“Learning about the Roma experience in Europe is not only about learning history. It is about understanding the presence, and it is also an insight into a common European future.”

Explore the European Roma’s history and the contemporary issues they face regarding race, identity, discrimination, and their impacts on European politics through the first unit of Humanity in Action Denmark’s and CanopyLAB’s e-course.

Who are the Roma/ni people? And why is this question important? During this 4-week course, distinguished scholar, journalist and activist Konstanty Gebert analyses the experiences of the Roma people of Europe starting from the Porajmos – the Roma Holocaust (also known as Pharrajimos, or Porrajmos). Often called a forgotten chapter in European history, the Porajmos is important to not only the Roma but also European history and identity at large, because the Roma are fundamentally European people.

Overview of Unit 1

In this unit, Konstanty Gebert lays out important facts about the genocide of the Roma during World War II, and belated acts made to remember and commemorate the genocide many decades after the war had ended. In the course syllabus, there are materials to supplement the video lecture for your reference. Information contained in some sources may contradict others. This is because Roma and Sinti history is still being researched, and much remains to be discovered.