Thursday, May 27, 2010

Barak Obama sends form letter to Romani Gypsies asking for representation in US Holocaust Memorial Council

Some weeks ago Professor Ian Hancock wrote to the President about the importance of having Romani representation on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. William Clinton (Democrat) made the appointment, George Bush (Republican) removed it.

Former Director of the USHMM's Holocaust Research Institute, Michael Berenbaum wrote that "At the center of the tragedy of the Holocaust is the murder of European Jews . . . Near that center is the murder of the Gypsies." Yet we have had no representation for many years.

With the letter, Hancock sent materials to Barak Obama, including copies of Himmler's and others' documents re: The Final Solution of the Gypsy Question.

Evidently none of those materials reached him; the staff who deal with the thousands of letters received daily evidently decided that all this required was an F.U. response (below). It is hard to believe that the concern shown by his Secretary of State in her
several public addresses regarding Roma was still not enough to warrant a proper reply.

Some time ago there was a charge of racism levelled at President Obama for using the word "gyp" publicly. No doubt a slip made in ignorance, as it often is, but this latest dismissive letter doesn't inspire confidence.

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Response Below


The White House
May 20, 2010

Dear Friend:
Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas. I appreciate
hearing from you.
Our nation faces serious challenges, and we will only overcome them
by involving all Americans in shaping the policies that affect their
own lives. My Administration is continuously working to engage
individuals in innovative ways. I encourage you to explore, which is regularly
updated and more interactive than ever before.
Thank you for contacting me and providing your thoughtful suggestions.

Barak Obama
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