Strasbourg, 1 August 2014: With a minute of silence at noon beside the Holocaust memorial stone in front of the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg, the European Forum for Roma and Travellers (ERTF) remembered more than 3,000 Roma exterminated by the German Nazis during the night of 2-3 August 1944 in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
A video from Slovakia is spreading like wildfire online featuring an upright piano on the street and three Romani guys. The footage was shot by Peter Bročka of Trnava, who posted the breathtaking clip to YouTube.com.
"I saw the guys in the pedestrian zone, where they were hanging around the piano," Bročka told news server Čas.sk. He immediately asked one of the strangers to play something.
"What do you want to hear?" they confidently asked. When Bročka left it up to them, they first performed a classical piece and then a traditional Romani song.
More than 1,500 students and youngsters from 144 schools, community centers and clubs were in the town of Veliko Tarnovo from 6 to 8 of June 2014.
The event - the eleventh Roma Festival "Open Heart" - was organised by the Center for Interethnic Dialog and Tolerance AMALIPE under the project "Step Forward - empowering young people and women from the local Roma community" and the project "Youth is tolerance".
2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the genocide committed against Roma
during the Second World War. It is by far the greatest tragedy in Roma
Due to the significance of this topic and in the light of the 70th
anniversary, the ERTF would like to mark August 2nd in a special way in
2014. We are therefore looking to issue a postal stamp, in order to spread
awareness and to promote the importance of August 2nd.