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Dear visitors of the virtual museum “Porajmos in Transcarpathia”

Thank you for your interest in the tragic page in the history of Roma

What was the reason What was the reason for the creation of such a museum?

Currently historical museums revealing Roma genocide during the World War II are working in Czech Republic (Brno), Poland (Tarnovo), the United States, Ukraine (Dnipro) and other countries. Their expositions highlight the facts of the killing of innocent people who did not have weapons in their hands and could not defend themselves, they were killed only for belonging to Roma minority.

The creation of our virtual museum was determined by several factors. The most important – is to understand one of the most tragic experiences of humanity in the twentieth century – Roma genocide. In addition, it is important for future generations to remember the tragic pages of history so that such inhuman treatment never happens again.

In our virtual museum you can find four thematic video exhibitions:

1. Situation of Roma in Transcarpathian region between the two World wars.

2. Life of Roma community on the eve of the tragedy – Porajmos.

3. Porajmos in Transcarpathia during the Second World war.

4. Memory and acknowledgment of Porajmos in Transcarpathia.

  • Interviews of eyewitnesses of Porajmos and their descendants in Transcarpathia (“Reflections of the Past”).
  • Audio guides about the life of Roma and the tragedy of Porajmos in the cities of Transcarpathia.
  • Documents from the funds of the Transcarpathian Regional Archive, photographs and historical works about Porajmos.

Review of video expositions, video interviews of eyewitnesses and their descendants, documents and listening to audio guides will allow you to learn about the history, culture and situation of Roma before World War II, oppression and restrictions on the rights of Roma that had all the hallmarks of genocide, also about the recognition of Porajmos as a tragedy not only for Roma, but also for all mankind.

Developped with the support provided by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”. This publication does not represent an expression of opinion by the Foundation EVZ. The author(s) bear(s) responsibility for the content.