“Both the Roma community and the Romanians needed such a symbol to be able to reconnect through the empathy generated by such huge human suffering. The monument is at the same time an important step towards rebuilding the collective memory of the Roma community that needs strong regenerative symbols. Without a common history and memory, a future project of integrating and developing the Roma communities is unconceivable. This monument tells a story about the striving for freedom of all human beings. It also bears testament to a dark past humanity must never get trapped into again,” MEP Damian Draghici, one of project’s initiators told Agerpres.
Damian Draghici speaking at the event
SEE ALSO – 150 Years of Roma Freedom (2006)