Bijando Djives, Romano Djives

Apr 10, 2014 by

I was born on the sweet breath of some spring morning near Bardejov in Slovakia, squalling and pink. The actual day is up for debate,...

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Papo Jiv the Baba Jagoři

Feb 3, 2014 by

Trudging through the snow this morning, I remembered a story my grandmother used to tell to me. It was about Papo Jiv (Grandfather...

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The Roma, the Holocaust, and C...

May 30, 2013 by

Most people who know me know I have strong feelings about erasure of my people from academic and historical sources on the Holocaust....

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Never Forget

Jan 28, 2013 by

I won’t. I won’t ever forget this weekend and what it meant to our people. When I was a child, my grandmother would never...

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Karačoňa recipes

Dec 23, 2012 by

It’s almost here! I’ve scrubbed and brushed and tidied. The tree is up. The greenery is in place. The forgiveness has been...

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On Being: Romani

Dec 19, 2012 by

Being Romani is more than how my pots are arranged in the kitchen, like warring factions of iron separated for all...

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Dec 13, 2012 by

After yesterdays post about Yeva, people asked me about my family. How is Noemi related to me? What about Márk or bibi Naděžda?...

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Dec 11, 2012 by

No, I’m not Romanian and I’m not “going back there” for Christmas. I am Romani; British Romani of Slovakian...

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so paťiphenav – with for...

Nov 20, 2012 by

Sar shaj jivas, te na janas jekh avreske te odmukel? How could we live at all, if we didn’t learn to forgive each...

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My Story

Nov 18, 2012 by

The more this blog is shared, the more I get asked “who’s are you?” … and “where are you...

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Things my Maami said:

Nov 9, 2012 by

I got thinking today about all the things my grandmother would say. She was… especially expressive and creative with her…...

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Roma and Education

Nov 1, 2012 by

I’ve talked about this before, on a different blog, but I have been thinking a great deal about this over the past few...

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