The first-ever Holocaust Memorial exhibition in Perth and Kinross, which highlights the plight of Roma and Gypsy Travellers across Europe during the Holocaust, was officially unveiled at Perth’s AK Bell Library on Friday 19th January 2018.
The project has been led by Gypsy Traveller inter-cultural project Rajpot, which aims to develop the Travellers’ cultural centre in the Pitlochry area. The exhibition in Perth officially opened by Provost Dennis Melloy also aims to highlight the many millions of Roma Gypsies who remained unaccounted for at the end of the war. Many of the atrocities suffered by the Roma Gypsies and other persecuted groups in the Holocaust were only discovered after the war ended in 1945.
He said: “It is an honour to open this exhibition. It should not be forgotten that Roma Gypsies were among the groups the Nazi regime singled out for persecution on so-called racial grounds.
“The fate of the Roma people in some ways paralleled that of the Jews. Under the Nazi regime, the Roma were subjected to arbitrary internment, forced labour and mass murder.”
The Provost added: “It is unfortunate that this project also highlights the fact that these communities often continue to face persecution and prejudice, which is totally unacceptable in this day and age.”