Patches event shines spotlight on Romani & Sinti Holocaust experience

On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio will present its annual Patches: Others Deemed Dangerous or Inferior program from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The event, to be hosted at Temple Chai (located at 15316 Huebner Rd Bldg. 3) highlights other groups victimized by the Nazis during the Holocaust in order to broaden public understanding of this terrible event. This year the Holocaust Memorial Museum will be featuring the Romani and Sinti experience.

Linguist and Romani expert Dr. Ian Hancock will present a lecture. Dr. Hancock has been active in Romani affairs for the past 60 years. He has spent decades teaching courses at the University of Texas Austin on Romani language, culture and history, has served as a state commissioner on the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission and was the sole Roma member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

Following Dr. Hancock’s lecture will be a screening of the film A People Uncounted. This film tells the story of the Roma, formerly referred to as Gypsies. The Roma have endured centuries of intolerance and persecution in Europe, and were also victimized during the Holocaust; where an estimated 500,000 were murdered. A People Uncounted presents the history of the Romani people and documents how they have been effected by ethnic intolerance, racism and genocide.

To learn more about the Patches annual series and the Holocaust Memorial Museum, a program of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, please contact HMMSA Programs Manager Kate McCloud at