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Gina Csanyi-Robah was around 13 years old when her grandmother first told her that her relatives were genocide survivors during the Holocaust. But unlike the Jewish community, the Roma community has a different name for the atrocities they faced under the Nazis: "the devouring." The word Holocaust, which translates to “completely burnt offering to God,” applies specifically to the Jewish experience.  Between 250,000 and 1.5 million Romani people—also known as "gypsies," a word some deem to be a slur—were estimated

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Roma community campaigns for feds’ official recognition of genocide during Holocaust

By Beatrice Paez       

When the House returns later this month, the Roma community will be campaigning to convince Ottawa to formally recognize the genocide of the Roma who were targeted by the Nazis.

The offices of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured, and Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez this year issued a statement to mark the remembrance day of the Roma genocide during the Holocaust. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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