Malta

1 Recognition of the Genocide

1.1 Recognition, official texts

Malta has not officially recognised the Genocide of the Roma.

1.2 Data (camps locations, Remembrance places, measures etc.)

There is no remembrance place or data on the Genocide of the Roma to be found in Malta.

1.3 Specialised institution, commission, research centre etc., dealing with this issue

There is no specialised institution dealing with the Genocide of the Roma.

1.4 Official initiatives (campaigns, actions, projects, commemoration days, museums)

In Malta, the House of Representatives holds an annual plenary session to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, the victims of World War II and the victims of other war crimes. During the commemoration, moments of silence are observed in memory of the victims. This event is held on or around Holocaust Memorial Day in January.

Roma victims were mentioned in the speech of minister Fenech (Foreign Affairs) for 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation.

2 Teaching about the Genocide of the Roma

2.1 Inclusion of the topic in the school curriculum

There is no information on whether the Holocaust is part of the school curriculum in Malta. It is undoubtedly evoked but no specific teaching has been reported. Consequently, it can be assumed that the Genocide of the Roma is not specifically taught in Maltese schools.

2.2 Inclusion of the topic in the school textbooks

2.3 Training of teachers and education professionals

2.4 Particular activities undertaken at the level of education institutions

2.5 Remembrance day

3 Official contacts and resource persons

3.1 Responsible person in the Ministry of Education

3.2 Resource persons - list of experts and historians

4 Initiatives of the civil society

4.1 Relevant projects having a real impact on the people and/or the wide public

The Genocide of the Roma is completely absent of the public life in Malta. The only article related to this topic is a comment of Joseph Zammit of Amnesty International in the magazine “Times of Malta”, in which he called the Members of the European Parliament to recognize 2nd August as Remembrance Day for the Genocide of the Roma.

5 Point of view of the Roma community - including survivors' testimonies