Portable Exhibition

‘Racial Diagnosis: Gypsy’ – The Nazi genocide of the Sinti and Roma and the long struggle for recognition

An exhibition of the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

The exhibition focuses on the unprecedented Nazi genocide of the Sinti and Roma: from the ostracism and disenfranchisement of the minority in the German Reich to the systematic extermination in occupied Europe. The inhuman perspective of the perpetrators is contrasted by the victim's testimonies.

Historical family pictures of Sinti and Roma provide an insight into the people's daily life and let them stand out as individuals. These self-documentations show the people in their individuality and personality and provide an important counterpart to the "gypsy clichés" that remain very powerful until today. They illustrate the destroyed lives and destinies behind the abstract documents of the bureaucratically organized extermination.

Also a theme is the history of the survivors in post-war Germany, who were recognized only very late as Nazi victims. It was the civil rights movement of the German Sinti and Roma that made the ideological and personal continuities from the time of the "Third Reich" part of the social debate. The exhibition ends with an outlook on the human rights situation of the Sinti and Roma minority in Europe after 1989.

Visitors are able to use their smartphones to view videos on specific topics, including reports from survivors of the Holocaust.

In addition the Centre launched a webportal, expanding the portable exhibition by numerous videos, photographs and documents, which cannot be shown in the exhibition due to lack of space. The webportal provides a contemporary tool for educators and teachers to raise awareness of young people about the history of the Holocaust of the Sinti and Roma for instance in the context of a teaching unit. Due to its intuitive menu operation the website is also suitable for independent studies or to gain a deeper insight into the subject.