The Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma

A milestone in the history of the civil rights movement was the opening of the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg on 16 March 1997. Through its exhibitions and publications the Centre has added a great deal of impetus to the social and scientific debate surrounding the genocide perpetrated on the Sinti and Roma by the Nazis and its repercussions. The Centre also highlights the accomplishments of the Sinti and Roma in Europe’s cultural history and addresses topical socio-political issues, particularly with regard to human rights.

Tagesschau, 16 March 1997 Report on the opening of the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma.  
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The entrance to the Centre’s exhibition space, with Heidelberg Castle in the background Documentation Centre Archives
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More than 700 guests from Germany and abroad travelled to Heidelberg to attend the ceremony marking the opening of the Centre on 16 March 1997. First row, from left: President of the Bundestag [federal parliament] Rita Süssmuth, Yehudi Menuhin, Federal President Roman Herzog, and Romani Rose, chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and […]
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Federal President Roman Herzog at the opening of the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma on 16 March 1997
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View of the permanent exhibition at the Heidelberg Documentation and Cultural Centre. For the general public, the exhibitions staged by the Centre highlighted for the first time the scale of the genocide perpetrated on the Sinti and Roma. Historical private and family photos belonging to the Sinti and Roma are an integral part of the […]
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Statement from Reinhold Lagrene (1950–2016) Reinhold Lagrene was head of the educational department of the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma since 2001. He died on 26 November 2016. The interview took place 31 July 2016.
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01 | Since August 2001, another exhibition organised by the Centre at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum has documented the systematic extermination of the Sinti and Roma throughout Nazi-occupied Europe. The exhibition inside prisoner block 13 of the former ‘main camp’ was opened by Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Władysław Bartoszewski, who was himself imprisoned […]
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02 | Documentation Centre Archives
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Auschwitz survivor Rudolf Steinbach in front of the wall of victims’ names at the exhibition in prisoner block 13. Documentation Centre Archives, photographer: Rogier Fokke
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