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16 March 2004

Lookers-On? Perpetrators? Victims?

Exhibition "Victims of Right-Wing Violence in Germany since 1990" at the Heidelberg Documentation and Culture Centre of German Sinti and Roma — Rector Professor Dr. Peter Hommelhoff: "Clear token of resistance to racism and neo-Nazism"

From 17 March to 16 May 2004, the Heidelberg Documentation and Culture Centre of German Sinti and Roma (Bremeneckgasse 2) will be showing an exhibition entitled "Victims of Right-Wing Violence in Germany since 1990" designed by the Berlin artist Rebecca Forner.

The Rector of the University of Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff, recommends the exhibition as follows: "I should like to support the concern of the Documentation Centre to give a clear token of resistance to the racism and neo-Nazism that has been rearing its head once again in many places and, not least, to liberate the victims and their families from the anonymity of the newspaper headlines."

Though attacks by extreme right-wing groups repeatedly feature briefly in the headlines, most of them do not impinge on public awareness. While the social reasons for right-wing extremism are hotly debated, there is very little to be heard about the victims of right-wing violence and their families. Accordingly, Rebecca Forner has devoted an exhibition to the people relegated to the status of victims by right-wing extremists. Short biographies accompanied by picture material show us the individuals behind the headlines and describe the circumstances leading to their deaths.

The exhibition is accompanied by a pedagogical programme and a series of events, including films and talks by relatives of the victims and representatives of interest groups.

Opening times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please address any inquiries to
Documentation and Culture Centre of German Sinti and Roma
Bremeneckgasse 2
D-69117 Heidelberg
info@sintiundroma.de
www.sintiundroma.de

Irene Thewalt
Press Office of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542311
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Dr. Michael Schwarz
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