“In giving back the Roma their history, this exhibit gives them back dignity.” – Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo
On May 10, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo opened our “Roma Memory” exhibit at the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in Paris as she was guided through the exhibit by Father Desbois. Previously on display at the European Commission in Brussels, this exhibit is the first of its kind and its premiere in Paris marks the first time that it is open to the public at large. Based on YIU testimony, the exhibit takes viewers through the history of the Roma genocide during World War II through a series of large-scale modules, archival photographs and the testimonies of survivors who are speaking about the experiences for the first time. During the inauguration, we also welcomed S.E.M. Anguel Tcholakov, Bulgarian Ambassador to France, Pierre Aidenbaum, Mayor of the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, Dr. Richard Prasquier, President of Keren Hayessod France and Vice President of Yahad, and Catherine Vieu-Charier, Deputy to the Mayor on memory and global issues. Open to the public beginning on May 11, the exhibit will be on display at Hôtel de Ville until July 2. To date, the exhibit has received over 6,000 visitors. Guided tours are offered regularly with a Yahad-In Unum team member in order to enable visitors to delve deeper into the exhibit’s content.