Holocaust Memorial Day Event: The 10 Steps to Genocide; Learning the Lessons from the Porajmos and Srebrenica
January 26 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
The 10 Steps to Genocide: Reflecting on the Porajmos and the Genocide at Srebrenica.
At least 500,000 Roma were brutally murdered in the Holocaust or ‘Porajmos’ as the Roma call it and yet in many school textbooks, you would do well to find even one sentence that mentions this. One sentence for more than 500,000 lives.
Similarly, in July 1995, fifty years after the Holocaust, genocide occurred again on European soil in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Internationally recognized as the single biggest atrocity on European soil since WWII. However, it is already in danger of being forgotten and its lessons unlearnt, with the rise of alternative truths, facts and histories.
It is to redress this situation that ‘A Living Tradition’ seeks to work in conjunction with Newcastle University, to examine these forgotten genocides. The intention being to engage and work with local Roma and Bosnian communities to investigate the lessons we all should learn from them, particularly with regards to the 10 stages to genocide, originally developed by Dr. Gregory H. Stanton.
We will hear about the Porajmos and the genocides in Srebrenica and other parts of Bosnia, from members of the Roma and Bosnian communities on Tyneside.
We will also examine the current political climate in Northeast England and Britain today. What can we learn from the terrible experiences of the Roma and the Bosniaks? What is happening in our region and country today? In addition, what can we do about it?
9. 30 a.m. Coffee, tea and biscuits
10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
10.10 a.m. An outline to the 10 steps to genocide; classification, symbolisation, discrimination, organisation, dehumanisation, polarisation, preparation, persecution, extermination, genocide and denial. Lead by Peter Sagar from A Living Tradition (Amnesty International NE and Yorkshire Regional Rep 2000-14)
With discussion and Questions
11 a.m. Break – Coffee and Tea
11.15 a.m. Reflections from the Porajmos; Reflectiosn from how the 10 steps to genocide led to the murder of over 500 000 Roma in the Holocaust or Porajmos as they call it. Led by Irma Karchnakova, Tyneside Roma Community leader.
Questions and duiscussion.
12.00 noon Reflections from the the genocide at Srebrenica in July 1995 to show the 10 steps to genocide led to the murder of 8 372 in the genocide at Srebrenica and many thousands of others in Bosnia between 1992 and 1996. Led by Smajo Beso, Tyneside Bosnian Community leader.
Questions and discussion
1.40 p.m. Introduction to afternoon session led by Peter Sagar
1.50 Small Group work – working through a series of questions about what we can learn from the experiences of the Roma and Bosniaks and what stages we are at in Newcastle and in Britain as a whole with regards to the 10 Steps to Genocide
2.40 Plenary- What can we Learn and what Can We Do?
3.00 p.m. Close of Conference and news of follow-up work