04 March 2024 Time to read: 2 mins

Launch event: Groundbreaking online Encyclopedia of the Nazi Genocide of the Sinti and Roma in Europe

On Tuesday 5 March 2024 at 7:00 pm the Topography of Terror Documentation Center and the Research Center on Antigypsyism at Heidelberg University will hold an event in Berlin to publicly launch the online Encyclopedia on the Nationalist Socialist Genocide of Sinti and Roma in Europe.  

Under Nationalist Socialist rule, hundreds of thousands of Sinti and Roma were persecuted and murdered in Germany and other European countries. It was one of the aims of the Nazi state and its racial ideology to exterminate the minority across Europe.  

With the funding of the German Federal Foreign Office, more than 80 academics from Germany and abroad collected the scattered knowledge on this genocide and created a comprehensive encyclopedia on the National Socialist Genocide of Sinti and Roma in Europe. It is a pioneering project and a milestone for research and education. By 2025, the resource will grow to include around 1,000 specialist articles. For the first time, thanks to cooperation with the Center for Digital Systems at Freie Universität Berlin, the Encyclopedia will be accessible online, both in English and German.

Launch event in Berlin for the Encyclopedia of the Nazi Genocide of the Sinti and Roma in Europe 

The project “Encyclopedia of the Nazi Genocide of the Sinti and Roma in Europe” will be introduced by the head of the project and member of the German delegation to the IHRA, Dr. Karola Fings, together with the project’s academic advisory board members, Prof. Dr. Michael Wildt and Dr. Jane Weiß.  

Words of welcome will be delivered by Romani Rose, Chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma and the Documentation and Cultural Center of German Sinti and Roma, Heidelberg and Ambassador Dr. Robert Klinke, Special Representative of the Federal Foreign Office for Relations with Jewish Organizations, Issues Relating to Antisemitism, International Affairs of the Sinti and Roma and Holocaust Remembrance, Berlin. 

Participation is possible on site (with registration) or via live stream: www.topographie.de/livestream/ Simultaneous translation into English will be provided. 

Topography of Terror Auditorium 

Niederkirchnerstraße 8, Berlin-Kreuzberg  

– Admission free –  

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