International Roma WWII Genocide Victims Remembrance Day in Serbia

Jabuka, Pan?evo  – State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and President of the Council for the Advancement of  Roma and Implementation  of the Decade of Roma Inclusion, Dr Nenad Ivanisevic, attended the central state commemorative and wreath laying ceremony held on 16th December 2014, within the monument complex „Stratište“ in Jabuka village near Pancevo.

The ceremony was organized as part of the program dedicated to the observance of the National Roma WWII Genocide Victims Remembrance Day.

The ceremony was attended by the representatives of the National Council of the Roma National Minority, Roma WWII Genocide survivors, representatives of the Government of Serbia, the City of Pan?evo, representatives of the diplomatic corps in the Republic of Serbia, non-governmental organizations and others.

After the wreath laying ceremony, Mayor of the City of Pan?evo, Dr Pavle Radanov, President of the National Council of the Roma National Minority, Mr Vitomir Mihajlovi? and State Secretary Dr Nenad Ivaniševi? addressed the participants of the ceremony.

On the same day, within the killing site of ''Arapova dolina'' in the town of Leskovac, Mayor of the City of Leskovac attended the commemorative and wreath laying ceremony dedicated to the memory of Roma victims killed in December 1941 on that location.

After the ceremony, a special cultural and educational program was organized in the Cultural Centre of Leskovac.

Numerous representatives of the local authorities in Serbia, together with representatives of different educational and cultural institutions and non-governmental organizations, laid wreaths on the WWII killing sites, thus paying respect to all Roma victims of WWII.        

Different educational programs were organized in many Serbian primary and secondary schools. School children prepared exhibitions, programs, workshops dedicated to the Roma WWII Genocide.