The night passing 2nd of August to 3rd, 1944, the Roma camp is "wiped out." Special German SS troops bait Roma families in the gas chambers and take away their lives. In the book of Jitzak Arad – a survivor named Jacob Viernik describes the arrival of a large group of Roma in the camp Treblinka in the summer of 1943.
"One day, while working beside a gate, I noticed how the Germans and Ukrainians make special preparations ... at the same time the gate opened and more than 1,000 Roma came inside the camp. About 200 were men the rest were women and children.... All Roma were taken to the gas chambers and then burned…”
Today, after 73 years of this genocide there are still on-going discussions whether this really happened or not. Many of us have never heard about the Roma Holocaust. The history in our textbooks, encyclopedias emphasize the details of world wars, we celebrate the winners but forget the victims who truly deserve our respect and recognition.
In 2012, on the initiative of a Roma activist Nicolae Gheorghe, Resolution for recognizing the Roma Holocaust was drafted. Recognizing August 2 as an international day of the Roma victims during the Second World War. Some countries like Poland mark this day on a national level, many countries such as Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania organize different kind of events in respect of the victims. Nevertheless, the question whether the Roma politicians in the Republic of Macedonia will try to ask for an official recognition as well, it remains yet to be heard. Roma activists and the Roma population in Macedonia honor our Roma brothers / sisters who died during the Second World War.
In memory and eternal glory,