Dikh Na Bister.UA

Look and don’t forget!

Dikh_na_bister is a long-term initiative of the international Roma youth network TernYpe, aimed at spreading knowledge among Roma and non-Roma youth about the National Socialist genocide of Sinti and Roma, as well as honoring the victims, including 2,897 people killed on the night of August 2-3, 1944. in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Every year, an international team of organizers works on the Dikh Na Bister program

– about 20 facilitators, where Ukraine is annually represented by Tetiana Storozhko.

– 15 leaders of national groups, including our colleagues – Volodymyr Yakovenko, Natalia Tomenko. They are responsible for the preliminary preparation of the group at national level, their support in the further educational process helps to organize the event in Krakow.

– Each country participating in the event has an equal number of seats, which varies from year to year.

Local trainings for future participants

For several years in a row, participants from Ukraine have been attending this event, getting acquainted with European commemorative practices and the experience of their colleagues from different countries.

In 2018, the NGO ARCA became the official partner of the initiative, and thus its coordinator from Ukraine. Our team has radically changed the format of participation of young people from Ukraine – now a mandatory stage is local preparatory training. It is during the training that participants get acquainted with the local context of these historical events, and then disseminate this knowledge internationally.

Educational trip to Krakow

The educational event in Krakow is a comprehensive five-day event, during which participants from different countries
– work together in mixed international groups to study the historical facts of the events of the Roma genocide during the Second World War;
– visit the historical and memorial complex Auschwitz-Birkenau;
– take part in the official commemoration ceremony;
– communicate with Roma who managed to survive the genocide.

And most importantly – meet, make friends and share experiences with colleagues from the most remote corners of Europe and beyond.

Final meetings and planning of further steps

The final seminar is a great opportunity for participants of the educational project to gather again to jointly reflect on the experience gained, share plans for the future, and – to present the results of creative rethinking of what was seen and heard in the process.

Experience through art

The final seminar is a great opportunity for participants of the educational project to gather again to jointly reflect on the experience gained, share plans for the future, and – to present the results of creative rethinking of what was seen and heard in the process.