The conference The Roma between Past and Future reflects upon the comparison between the present-day situation and what happened in the 1930s and 1940s. Is such a comparison possible at all? Why and how could or should such a comparison be made to reflect upon the contemporary situation of Romani and Sinti minorities in Europe?
Since 1945, various Romani and Sinti groups have been involved in a struggle to get the genocide of Sinti and Roma adequately recognized. How does this struggle, as well as the neglect of this genocide by society at large, relate to contemporary public debates on the Roma’s situation in Europe?
This conference aims at bringing Roma, Sinti, scholars, activists, advocates, politicians, and policy makers together to discuss these timely topics. Roma from Hungary, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic will present their analyses of the contemporary situation in their countries. A Sinto who has survived the war will share his experiences with the audience. Scholars will reflect upon the importance of taking into account the circumstances of the 1930s, as well as the post-war recognition struggle, for understanding the situation of Romani and Sinti minorities in contemporary Europe.