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Newcastle University: Holocaust Memorial Day, the Roma Holocaust and the genocide in Bosnia in the 1990s
January 25 @ 10:00 - 15:00
From Peter Sagar.
On Friday 25th January 2019, there is a major Holocaust Memorial Day event I would like to invite you to. Part of the Newcastle HMD programme, it should be of particular interest to anybody who is interested in the Roma Holocaust and the genocide in Bosnia in the 1990’s. and to those interested in the Roma and Bosnian communities in Newcastle today.
Participants to this event will go on ‘a journey’ from eastern Europe, from Czech Republic, from Slovakia, from Romania and from Bosnia to Newcastle, learning about what it was like to be torn from home, then travelling to a new home, before arriving on Tyneside and facing the problems and positives of a new life here. They will learn why Roma were torn from homes in the Holocaust and why they are still having to leave eastern Europe today. They will also learn what it was like to be so threatened during the war in Bosnia, that people were forced to leave home and come to Britain. At each stage, participants will be asked to reflect in groups and as individuals on how they would have felt and we will discuss what it is like to be ‘torn from home’.
We will also consider what makes a home and how people lived together in harmony in Bosnia before the war, while also considering the way Roma have traditionally been marginalised in Europe and their home life has often been harder and more precarious. We will see what it is like to flee from home before genocide and how difficult it can be to return home.
Finally, we will consider the life of Roma and Bosnian immigrants on Tyneside today. What have their experiences been like and what have they got to offer the wider community on Tyneside? For the answer to this and much more besides, come along and find out…
The event is at Newcastle University from 10am to 3pm. Please see Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/torn-from-home-the-roma-and-bosniaks-tickets-53129394449 , please also pass on to others who might be interested.
Peter Sagar, A Living Tradition www.alivingtradition.org