Das Schicksal der europäischen Roma und Sinti während des Holocaust

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name: erinnern.at
    Institution type: Institute for Holocaust Education of the Austrian ministry for education
    Institution URL: http://www.erinnern.at
  • Format:

    Instructional material
  • Target population:

    Students, Young people, Educators in formal settings, Educators in non-formal settings, General public/non-specialist audience
  • Cost (per practice):

  • Setting:

    No specific setting required
  • Themes:

    Remembrance education and/or history education, Citizenship/democracy education, Racism, Xenophobia and other prejudices, The Holocaust and/or other genocides
  • Core activities:

    Internet research, Image analysis, Textual analysis, Testimonial, Slide presentation

Additional information about the practice

    Target population

  • Number of participants:

    Not applicable
  • Age of target population:

  • Additional specifics:

    Other:, None
  • Components of the practice

  • Topics and objectives:

    Around 500,000 Roma and Sinti were murdered during the Holocaust - victims of a racist persecution policy German Nazis and their fascist allies. But this genocide is largely unknown today. Roma and Sinti were killed in extermination camps and fell victim to starvation and disease in forced labor and concentration camps. Many were deported and exploited as forced laborers, on farms, on construction sites and in industry. The survivors were not recognized as victims of National Socialist persecution for decades and received little or no compensation for their lost property. The website provides basic information for students and teachers on the genocide of the European Sinti and Roma. The website was released for the first time in autumn 2012 and completely revised in the spring of 2013.
  • Materials used:

    Audiovisual material, Online material
    Link to the material:
    1. http://www.romasintigenocide.eu
  • Material produced:

    Written material
  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

    The worksheets of the website romasintigenocide.eu present the main themes and events regarding the genocide of the European Roma and Sinti. The selection of topics was carried out in close cooperation with representatives of numerous European Roma and Sinti organizations and with the participation of a large number of specialist historians from the various countries concerned. The worksheets refer exclusively to those countries where Roma and Sinti were persecuted and murdered between 1933 and 1945. Each worksheet presents a central event or central element of the history of persecution, which is explicitly addressed in the title and presented using a historical image source. In addition to a brief explanatory text, further information can be found on each worksheet under the heading "Did you know", concrete tasks on the topic being dealt with ("Your task") and source data on the origin of the picture. A timeline on the left edge of the sheet indicates the year or period of origin of the respective image source.
  • Length of activity:

    5 to 8 hours
  • Is the activity digital?:

    Yes: http://www.romasintigenocide.eu
  • Accessibility and replicability

  • Language(s) in which activity can be delivered:

    Croatian, English, French, German, Slovenian, Other
  • Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:


Qualitative Details

  • Has this practice been evaluated?

  • How many times?:

  • By whom?:

    Participants, Informal non-participant observer, Instructor delivering the practice, Internal evaluator, Formal external evaluator
  • By what means?:

    Informal verbal feedback, Formal verbal feedback
  • Core content knowledge and transferable skills:

    Students should be made aware of the historic discrimination against Roma and Sinti with a special focus on the atrocities commited against these communities during the Nazi rule. Students should realise the local connection of this genocide to their homelands.
  • Indicators of success:

    The homepage offeres a very fruitful approach to the topic as it - includes maps to make the huge impact of the Nazi extermination practices visible - sheds light to an aspect of the Nazi atrocities which has been ignored for a very long time - offers students the possibility to understand these historical developments on both a bigger level as well as in regards to very specific biographies
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Maria Ecker-Angerer
    Email address: Maria.Ecker@erinnern.at


The RETHINK project is concerned with bridging formal and informal education. This section explores the factors that make a practice adaptable.

  • Key factors for successful implementation:

    Other factor – please specify, None
  • Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:

    Choosing, how much time they can spend with the practice and thus selecting the appropriate activities.
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

    Yes, in a number of languages on the homepage: http://www.romasintigenocide.eu/de/home/c-d
  • Other comments or details: