Giving Memory a Future
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About Us

In 2012, USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and the Centro di ricerca sulle relazioni interculturali dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Center for Research on Intercultural Relations at the Sacred Heart Catholic University) in Milan, Italy, developed Giving Memory a Future: The Holocaust and the Rights of Roma in Contemporary Europe—a multimedia educational resource with information about Sinti and Roma in Europe.  The main goal of the project is to provide information and resources to political decision makers and educational policy makers, in order to facilitate better understanding of the Sinti and Roma culture and history, develop new strategies of addressing discrimination against Sinti and Roma, and promote peaceful coexistence in Europe.  To support this goal, the project pursues the following objectives:

  • Produce a multimedia resource incorporating audiovisual, documentary, legislative, scholarly, and mass media information related to Sinti and Roma rights and anti-Sinti and Roma discrimination;
  • Inform target groups (political decision makers and educational policy makers) about the historical mechanisms that led to discrimination, exclusion, and persecution of the Roma in the twentieth century through a progressive erosion of their rights;
  • Demonstrate the continuity and the mechanisms driving exclusion/persecution of Sinti and Roma throughout history and contemporary Europe.