February 2018

 

The False Word: Reparations for Sinti in Germany?

Saturday 24.02.2018 7:30 PM | Saal

Admission: free entry, donations (€3-10) are kindly requested

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Paria e.V.

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Film screening and DisCussion*

*The term “Zigeuner” is used in the German title of the film. There is a statement below in German from the Central Council of German Sinti & Roma concerning the use of this term.

After the screening: discussion moderated by Filis Demirova (PARIA e.V.)  

"The False Word"
Documentary by Melanie Spitta and Katrin Seybold, 83 min., 1987

Were the Sinti ‘compensated’ after their persecution by the Nazis? This film is a classic document about a gruesome mechanism. And about how the Sinti were still seen as a guilty party and the culprits were regarded as independent experts.

A comprehensive report on the persecution of German Sinti by the Nazis, seen from the point of view of the Sinti themselves. The filmmakers investigated whether the Sinti in Germany received the `compensation’ they deserved. On their quest, they discovered material that had previously remained hidden: collected and hidden by the culprits with the intention of delaying compensation as long as possible if not to prevent it entirely. In an attempt to tackle the culprits with this evidence, the Sinti were still regarded as guilty.”

  

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FilmMakers

 


Katrin Seybold
© Barbara Mayr 
Melanie Spitta
© Carmen Spitta de Jonck

Katrin Seybold was an award-winning film director, screenwriter and film producer. She entered the film world as an assistant director to Hans Rolf Strobel and Edgar Reitz in the 1970s and then worked as a director on documentaries focusing on National Socialism, resistance and the persecution of Jewish people. She was a member of the Akademie der Künste (Berlin) since 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melanie Spitta was a filmmaker and civil rights activist from the Sinti minority. In the 1980s she worked as a screenwriter with the director Katrin Seybold on documentaries about the situation of Sinti in Gernany, fought as a civil rights campaigner for equal rights of women in Sinti communities and in society as a whole, and worked constantly as an advisor and publicist. Until she, Katrin Seybold, Siegmund Wolf and eyewitnesses to the Nazi persecution viewed archive material at the federal archives as part of their documentary research, except for a photo of Eva Justin, there were no published photos of the perpetrators employed at the so-called “Racial hygiene research institute”.

  

  

With permission from ZDF for the screening of "Schimpft uns nicht Zigeuner".

PARIA e.V. ist eine self-managed Roma organisation, founded in 2012 in Berlin by Filis Demirova and Georgel Caldararu.

Explanation of the German term "Zigeuner"


(Source: Central Council of German Sinti & Roma, statement from 9th October 2015)

„Zigeuner“ ist eine von Klischees überlagerte Fremdbezeichnung der Mehrheitsgesellschaft, die von den meisten Angehörigen der Minderheit als diskriminierend abgelehnt wird – so haben sich die Sinti und Roma nämlich niemals selbst genannt. Die Durchsetzung der Eigenbezeichnung Sinti und Roma im öffentlichen Diskurs war von Anfang an ein zentrales Anliegen der Bürgerrechtsbewegung, die sich vor allem seit Ende der Siebzigerjahre in der Bundesrepublik formierte. Dadurch sollte zugleich ein Bewusstsein für jene Vorurteilsstrukturen und Ausgrenzungsmechanismen geschaffen werden, die im Stereotyp vom „Zigeuner“ ihre Wurzeln haben.

„Sinti“ bezeichnet die in Mitteleuropa seit dem ausgehenden Mittelalter beheimateten Angehörigen der Minderheit, „Roma“ jene ost- bzw. süd-osteuropäischer Herkunft. Die nationalen Sinti- und Roma-Gemeinschaften sind durch die Geschichte und Kultur ihrer jeweiligen Heimatländer stark geprägt. Dies hat sich auch in der Sprache der Sinti und Roma, dem Romanes, niedergeschlagen: Durch die Aufnahme von Lehnwörtern aus der jeweiligen Landessprache haben sich in den verschiedenen Staaten Europas über die Jahrhunderte unterschiedliche Romanes-Sprachen herausgebildet.

 


 


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