Route of Roma Culture and Heritage in Germany
Documentation Centre of German Sinti and Roma was opened in Heidelberg (Germany) in 1997. It is since then home to the world's first permanent exhibition on the genocide perpetrated upon the Sinti and Roma by the Nazis: crimes that were repressed from public consciousness for several decades. Alongside the Centre does function as a museum for contemporary history and as a site for commemorating and researching the past. It also provides a setting for encounters and dialogue. A significant part of its public relations work is devoted to human rights’ questions on an international level. In view of the persecution of the Sinti and Roma, the Centre feels a special obligation to provide a forum for critical debate on pressing socio-political issues. Another vital part of the Centre's work is to present the cultural contributions of the Sinti and Roma minority in the fields of literature, the fine arts and music, as well as to document the 600-year history of the Sinti and Roma in Germany, thus helping to break down stereotypes.
Through its participation in the Route of Roma Culture and Heritage the Documentation Centre will contribute to the awareness that Sinti and Roma have been living in Europe for centuries and that they form old-established and historically deep-rooted ethnic minorities in their respective countries.