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Beyond Nazism: The persecution of the Roma and Sinti across Europe in WWII


14 Dec 2022, 5:00pm





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Proudly co-hosted by the Holocaust Centre North and the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for History Culture and Memory, we will hear from historian Catharine Aretakis about the persecution of Roma and Sinti communities in Europe during the Second World War.

This lecture details the persecution of the Roma and Sinti in Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia, France, and Croatia from 1939 to 1945. The lecture will present a history of persecution in these countries before and during the war and discuss the influence of Nazism on pre-existing prejudices and persecution in these countries. The lecture will further discuss the continental attitudes towards the memory of wartime persecution and the enduring persecution of the Roma and Sinti across Europe after the war into the present day. In totality, this discussion intends to engender a more thorough understanding of the genocide of the Roma and Sinti during the Second World War.

Our speaker, Catharine Aretakis, is a recent graduate of the Master’s in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies (NIOD). She received her bachelor’s degree in History and Literature with a minor in Jewish Studies from the University of South Carolina Honors College.

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