Digital Lines of Life and Death: Nazi persecution of Sinti and Roma in Hybrid Graphic Novels

The genocide of European Sinti and Roma during National Socialism has been officially recognised only very late. It has taken far taken too long for us to examine and acknowledge the crimes committed against the Sinti and Roma.

To this day, the genocide is not firmly anchored and present in the European culture of remembrance and in our collective memory.  Discrimination, exclusion, stereotypes and prejudices, however, are still prevalent today. Long after the Second World War, Sinti and Roma are now Europe's largest and at the same time most discriminated minority. Far too little is known about their history and culture.

The project Digital Lines of Life and Death: Nazi Persecution of Sinti and Roma in Hybrid Graphic Novels aims to raise awareness of the fate of Sinti and Roma, especially among younger people, and to encourage them to reflect on stereotypes and prejudices.

Taking a new digital approach, the graphic novels sensitively present two illustrated biographies of survivors from Germany and Czechia: Otto Rosenberg and Emilie Danielová. This website with its supplementary multimedia didactic materials makes international youth encounters and memorial site visits accessible for a wide audience.

This project is realised in cooperation with the Landesverband Deutscher Sinti und Roma Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. (Berlin-Brandenburg Regional Association of German Sinti an Roma), the Memorial Zwangslager Berlin-Marzahn as well as the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno and with the kind support of the Federal Foreign Office and the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility, Future within the framework of the programme „Young People Remember“.

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Digital Lines of Life and Death

The persecution of Sinti and Roma in the Nazi era
The lives of a Czech Romni and a German Sinto
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