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Delegation of Romani to visit Israel on Holocaust memorial day

Half of European ‘Gypsy’ population murdered by the Nazis during WWII

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Students at the Treblinka memorial site (photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)
Students at the Treblinka memorial site (photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

A delegation of Romani people will take part in annual Holocaust memorial day ceremonies for the first time, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.

At least half of the European Romani population — commonly known in the English-speaking world as Gypsies — was murdered by the Nazis during WWII. Leaders of the community say that they share a similar fate to Jews.

The delegation will be led by Roman Kwiatkowski, Chairman of the Association of the Roma in Poland. Representatives will travel to Israel from Holland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia.

Israel’s annual Holocaust memorial day will be marked next Thursday, on the anniversary of the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

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