Miranda – The Roma Holocaust
WHO'S AFRAID OF THE WHITE MAN?
Opening ceremony 17 Jun at 2 p.m.
26 Jun, National and University Library in Zagreb (Croatia)
2 Aug, Slovak National Museum/ Sered Holocaust Museum (Sered)
4 Aug, Holocaust Memorial Centre (Budapest, Hungary)
Miranda exhibition started its tour in Finnish cities in March 2012. The exhibition and its story have so far reached over 1 mill Finnish citizens. The exhibition was on display at the National Museum of Finland 9/2013–3/2014 breaking the audience record: “Museum has for the first time ever given an opportunity to a national minority, the Roma, to tell their own story with the focuses they themselves consider important.”
Miranda represents internationally unique, innovative project. It is based on distinctive vision and way of discussing Holocaust in art and pedagogics. Veijo Baltzar wanted to create multidimensional, youth-friendly and easily approachable exhibition that would enable experiential learning process, touching visitors souls.
In WWII about half of European Roma got killed in the Holocaust. The world recognized the genocide of Jews and forgot the Roma. Topic still remains unknown to general public. In 2001 Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar, initiator of the project, interviewed Slovakian-born Miranda, a Holocaust survivor and became inspired by her story.
When beginning a wider research on the subject, Veijo Baltzar, renowned scientist and artist run into a claim by the Nazis about the life of the Roma not being worthy of living. This created a vision of a new innovative concept of teaching about Holocaust by using art as a method of promoting a life worthy of living and depicting it together with the societal developments before, during and after WWII.
In cooperation with 13 European archives, one from US, Anne Frank Foundation, Museum of Romani Culture (Brno, Czech Republic) and University of Helsinki, Baltzar turned Miranda´s authentic story into a novel and an exhibition "Miranda - the Roma Holocaust. Who's afraid of the White Man?" in 2011.
"Miranda's eyes revealed the fighter that she had been all her life. But was she also a victor? In any case, gypsies were survivors. Miranda proved this by bringing to the present day and momenta living message of the past. - Give this world, the new generation, beautiful memories of our past, our soul, our way of thinking and way of life so that the world will remember the suffering of the Roma during the Second World War."
- Veijo Baltzar
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and Svenska kulturfonden have kindly provided support for realization of the exhibition project.
Tour in Finland
Opened by Mr. Jari Suomela, Chairman of the City Board.
Opened by City Councilor Anne Selenius.
Opened by Mayor Tapio Turunen.
Opened by Henna Virkkunen, Minister of Public
Opened by Member of Parliament Ilkka Kanerva.
Opened by Ristor Kupari, Director of Cultural Affairs.
Helsinki, National Museum of Finland
13 Sep 2013 – 23 Mar 2014
Opened by City Mayor Jarmo Ronkainen.