Antiziganism & Anti-Semitism


Sunday, May 22nd is dedicated to antiziganism and anti-Semitism.

The following events will be taking place:

2.00 pm / lecture hall 3 (Philosophicum, University of Passau) / report

Contemporary witness Myriam Schütze / Münster, Germany

speaks about:


Against the Law “… to the protection of the German blood and the German honour…“

In 1945 Myriam Schütze managed to escape from a concentration camp as a four-year old. Luck seemed to be on her side as the air raid of Dresden happened before all Jews could be deported. She says: “I am lucky to never have felt hatred.“ She continues talking about how she fled with her mother and both voluntarily went to the internment camp of her father. This way, the mother wanted to make sure the family stayed together.

Above all, Myriam Schütze wants one thing: to encourage and lend support!

Continue reading about Myriam Schütze in two German newspaper articles:

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Regional section of the Dresden Bild


2.00 pm / lecture hall 4 (Philosophicum, University of Passau)

Jonathan Mack / political advisor / Central Council of German Sinti and Roma / Heidelberg, Germany

Antiziganism in Europe: Persecution of Sinti and Roma now and then

Antiziganism is a term that describes a centuries-old social phenomenon of the majority society in Europe. Based on prejudices, discrimination, institutional racism and persecution directed especially against Sinti and Roma, half a million of whom fell victim to during the Holocaust.

Antiziganism is not only a phenomenon occurring in extreme right-wing circles, but is also associated with hate crime, violence, independent right-wing defence leagues that march up in Hungary and Czech Republic and terrorise members of the Sinti and Roma community as well as with right-wing populist parties using antiziganist resentments as political tool to gain more votes.

Antiziganism is a societal phenomenon that also occurs in the middle-class. Segregation of Roma children can be commonly found in many countries across Europe. For the first time, the European Commission had to launch official infringement procedures against the Czech Republic and Slovakia concerning this matter. In 2015 and 2016 a number of violent evictions were carried out. The city administration was carrying out these policies without consultation and lawful procedure, knocking down houses of Roma families and thus making them homeless.

The political discourse about refugees in Germany is filled with antiziganist prejudices. This lecture will portray the current dimensions and effects of antiziganism in Europe and, in this context, depicts the resistance and political action of the Sinti and Roma self-organisations.

Jonathan Mack, alumnus of the FU Berlin in Political Science, deals in his function as political advisor of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma particularly with antiziganist incidents across Europe and fights for the acknowledgement and prosecution of antiziganism by the European Union, OSCE/ ODIHR and the Council of Europe. In the period between 2011 and 2015 he worked as CEO at the international voluntary service network of Roma and non-Roma organisations, Phiren Amenca. Headquartered in Budapest, it supports numerous Roma youth self-organisations across Europe via the ternYpe International Roma Youth Network.


4.00 pm / lecture hall 3 (Philosophicum, University of Passau) / report

Nikolai Dehdarian / Initiative: Solidarity with refugees from the Balkan / Bamberg, Germany

Bavarian Deportation Camps

For more than half a year now, the Bavarian government has been following the policies to send back refugees from Balkan states as quickly as possible. For that reason, there were built two large deportation camps in Ingolstadt/ Manching and Bamberg. Apparently, the buildings accommodate only economic migrants. This lecture will be held to depict how cruel the deportation practices in the camps are and how real solutions could look like.

The speaker aims to promote the Bamberg initiative “Solidarity with refugees from the Balkan“ that fights for more humane refugee politics and the abolition of deportation camps.


4.00 pm / lecture hall 4 (Philosophicum, University of Passau)

Christian Rabl, MA

“Why still remembering? The culture of remembrance in Austria from 1986 until today“

Christian Rabl will be talking about remembrance policies in Austria. Starting in 1986 when the former SA-member Kurt Waldheim was elected Austrian president, he will be spanning a wide range up to the current situation.

The remembrance culture in St. Aegyd am Neuwalde will be taken as an example, allowing a comparing view to Germany.


Wednesday, May 25th

4.00 pm / Meeting in front of Café Duft / Theresienstraße 22 / an anti-Semitism critical city tour

Stadtfuchs Touren / Passau

City tour: ‘Jewish Life in Passau during the Third Reich‘

The city tour will last for about an hour and offers a retrospective of the life of Jews in Passau during the Nazi time.

Meeting is at Café Duft in the Theresienstraße 22 at 4.00 pm. The tour starts at 4.15 pm.