Inspired by material in the Sydney Jones’ Library’s Special Collections, Professor Eve Rosenhaft has been researching and teaching on aspects of the lives of German Romanis before and during the Holocaust. She has been able to deploy the results of her research and introduce a new generation to the Library through working with secondary school pupils on creative and consciousness-raising projects.
In 2015, Professor Rosenhaft accompanied a group of young people exhibiting their work in Dessau, which has a very special connection to Liverpool in the context of Germany Romani and Holocaust history. Recently, Jana Müller, from Dresslau’s Alternative Youth Centre, came to Liverpool to examine the collection of images with a view to developing an itinerant exhibition with the explicit aim bringing the the fate of Romani peoples during the Nazi regime to a wider audience.
In the Holocaust story, the Romani are not just ‘other victims’. Their fate reminds us what happens to the weakest when Europe forgets its social conscience.