Miro dad

Me leperav o kurkeskero the miro dad. Špacirinas andre e jaľi phuv. Dajekhvar, amen khedas pelore thaj boz; (malja) kozara; čarňica, drazune drakh, thaj halka. Malja kozara jel pre kedva! Kurkeste amenge tavaha lačhe xabena. Dajekhvar, mušindjam te užarel perdal o brišind. Soski mol kames? Miro dad but mol te kamel het. Sas fajno moľengero keraši… čaže frimakaj, sas kajso mato, hoj naštji arakhlja peskero kher! Butvar, phendja mange e kheratune paramisa. Perhačis, šarkaňis, beng, indžibaba…..može naphenelas čačo! Dado, bijal tute som...

Greek Metropolitan Bishop says neo-Nazis are the people’s hope [Romea]

A leading representative of the Greek Orthodox church, Metropolitan Bishop Ambrosios of Kalavryta, shocked the public yesterday by calling the neo-Nazis in the Golden Dawn party the “sweet hope” of the people. Online Greek news server newsit.gr called the statements of the clergyman symptoms of insanity. Many other Greek news servers noticed that Ambrosios had praised the neo-Nazis for their recent violent disruption of a theater performance depicting Jesus Christ and his disciples as gay. In his view, the extremists had protected the pure name of Jesus with their violence. Ambrosios also criticized the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA), the largest opposition group in the Greek Parliament, for claiming the Metropolitan Bishop was enthusiastically preparing to bless a Golden Dawn office. He denied any such intention and charged SYRIZA with recruiting masked assailants for violent anti-government demonstrations who “plunged Athens into flames.” He did not forget to mention opposition leader Alexis Tsipras, who was married through a civil ceremony only instead of holding a church wedding as is still the tradition in Greece, for the most part. Greece now faces neo-Nazi demonstrations and support for them from various quarters. Justified concerns are growing that the police are linked to the neo-Nazis because authorities are doing little to intervene against their racist attacks, which are becoming increasingly daring. The BBC’s online news server has reported that a Greek MP with the extremist party estimates that 50 – 60 % of police staff support Golden Dawn. “Greek society is prepared, even though no one likes it, for battle. This is a new kind of civil war,” Greek MP Ilias Panagiotaros has claimed....

Life through a Lens with Roma Children

Following the post I recently did regarding Lunik IX in Slovakia, I found an article about a project that I would LOVE to be a part of! Though I do have my own ideas regarding a photographic project with Roma and non-Roma children. I will definitely be watching out for more information about this: [From creativeboom.co.uk] A photographer and lecturer from Cambridge is hoping to stage a photography project which will run for two weeks at the Roma community, Lunik IX in Košice, Slovakia. Julia Johnson, along with Slovakian photographer Artur Conka, are seeking funds to help teach Roma children photography while creating a body of work with them to address the issues the community faces, particularly concerning education and health. Some 15,000 Roma live at Lunik IX in truly shocking conditions. In the 1980s the Slovakian government deemed anyone they considered to be sociably unmanageable into Lunik IX. Consequently the buildings have become vastly overcrowded. There are huge issues surrounding crime, health and the welfare of the children who live there. Yet, in spite of this within the community is a thriving nursery and school. The students learn subjects and are served hot meals at lunch: a provision that any child should be entitled to. It is within these spaces that Julia wishes to develop the project, teaching the children how to use photography to document the community, whilst they continue to document the wider participatory programme. Julia also recently founded the ‘Life Through A Lens’ project for gypsy youths in the South East of England. She wanted to give these children the opportunity to collaborate with her...

Some basics in Slovak Romani

Good Morning How are you? I’m fine Good Bye Mr. Mrs. What’s your name? My name is… I am… You are… _______________ Good / Well done Very nice Thank you Thanks You are welcome Sorry Yes No _________________ We are going out We are going back Are you thirsty? Have a drink _________________ Dobre Rano Sar džives Lačes Čau O raj E rajni Sar tiro anav? Miro anav… Me sem… Tu sal… _______________ Lačo Šukar Palikerav / Najis tuke Palikerav / Najis / Fala Naj pala soste / Mangav tut Prebačin Ha Na _______________ Džaha avri Avaha pale Smedno sal (m) / Smedni sal (f) Le pi...

Who Remembers?

I have spent all morning looking for a comprehensive list of Roma and Sinte known to have died in the Porrajmos (Holocaust). I have found nothing. There are lists and lists of Jewish and others (of authors, and actors, and artists, and musicians of varying religions and nationalities)… but not a single list of Roma and Sinte victims – as far as I know. I did find the “ITS – International Tracing Service” in Germany which archives over 30 million documents: The archive’s collections are unique in scope and significance. The ITS is responsible for preserving these historical records, processing requests and making the archive accessible for research and education.   The ITS archive stores about 30 million documents of various types. The alphabetically and phonetically arranged Central Name Index contains over 50 million reference cards for over 17.5 million people and is the key to the documents and the correspondence files’. However, the archive cannot be searched online for individual names and ethnicity or other information. I did a generic search for the word “Gypsy” and found only 11 items. Gypsy question; Gypsies in Latvia; Gypsy camp Lackenbach (witness reports) Name lists of DPs (displaced persons) registered before 1.5.1950: camp Mars la Tour Braunschweig. Name lists of DPs registered after 1.5.50 Gypsy camp Broitzen über Braunschweig Letter from the Criminal Police in Frankfurt/M. dated 14.12.40 concerning the order for a Gypsy family living in the Frankfurt/M. district to “voluntarily relocate” to the Generalgouvernement Main book of the Gypsy camp of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau 1943 – 1944 a) male prisoners – number series 1 – 10094 b) female prisoners – number series 1...