A manifesto for telling the truth about the enslavement of the Roma in Romanian territories for nearly five centuries.
Reconciliation between Roma and non-Roma can only be achieved once both parties have admitted to and acknowledged a painful past.
It takes political will, books on slave-owning societies and exhibitions to heal the wounds still traumatizing the present.
A researcher identifies “places of memory”, where slavery left traces not only on the Roma community, but on society in general.
A young Roma woman wrote a play about slavery to show her peers their history because if you hear your own story, you feel it.
The history of my family isn’t complete without a past that includes slavery and the Holocaust, but also stories of resistance and survival.
The mechanisms of anti-Roma racism have silenced our families’ stories. To publicly acknowledge this moral rupture, reparations are essential.
The actress Mihaela Drăgan explores a future in which Roma women are free.
A young Roma confronts her brother, a priest, with the truth that the Romanian Orthodox church were enslavers for hundreds of years.
Despite warnings of grave errors, the Ministry of Education continues to approve textbooks that minimize Roma slavery.
Writing about slavery is like giving up on life. You have to feel the pain in order to be able to put it into words.
To heal on a societal level is to recognize and repent, so that we can begin to imagine a future in which no one has to feel the painful effects of racism.