04.Jan.02 - Press statement
Topic: Compensation German Fund and IOM
Date: 8th of May, 2001
Author: Rudko Kawczynki -Chair of the Board of Directors RNC (Roma
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I turn to you in a very oppressive affair with an appeal for help and
Within the framework of the foundation "Memory, Responsibility and
Future", the IOM has been declared the partner organization for the
non-Jewish part of the affected persons. The IOM is known to us for
years as an organization which works against Roma refugees by order of
different states. Professor Ian Hancock called the IOM in his report on
the situation of the Roma in Europe "the enemy of the Roma people".
The decision to entrust this organization with the handling of appeals
and the distribution of compensation funds for Roma is incomprehensible
for us, especially because the IOM has no experiences whatsoever
concerning the handling of compensation appeals for committed
NS-injustice (cf. also comments to the creation of the foundation
"Memory, Responsibility and Future").
We respectfully ask you to support us in our appeal for the equal
treatment with our Jewish fellow-sufferers. This includes that we are
not degraded to the plaything of an organization which simultaneously
converts the deportation policy of numerous European states into action
as a "mercenary NGO".
Since our efforts to get in contact with the responsible federal
institutions, which we kept up since May last year, have been unsuccessful
so far, we were forced to file a constitutional complaint
at the Federal Constitution Court of Germany against the law for the
creation of a foundation "Memory, Responsibility and Future". Until now,
42 organizations and 900 privately engaged Roma joined our complaint.
As you can see in the included copy of our constitutional complaint, the
law for the creation of a foundation "Memory, Responsibility and Future"
contravenes, in our opinion, in large parts the German constitution. In
particular, Roma are not only put at a disadvantage compared to the
Jewish survivors of the NS-genocide by this law, but are even
Up to now, the practice of "compensation" of our people can already be
compared to a second persecution. In most cases, former culprits posing
as experts or valuators were involved in the prevention of a serious
compensation practice. Thus, we are horrified even more so that we were
again degraded to Nazi victims of second degree.
We hope for your support in our claim for equal treatment of all
surviving victims of the NS-terror.
Only if the law for the creation of a foundation "Memory, Responsibility
and Future" really grants the constitutional equal treatment of all
victims can this foundation be more than just an alibi, and really do
justice to its own entitlement: to serve the memory, responsibility and
We again respectfully ask you to support our appeal, and hope for your
statement concerning our complaint.
Rudko Kawczynski / Chair of the Board of Directors
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