O Porrajmos Education Society
O Porrajmos Education Society was founded in response to growing concerns among Romani educators across
the country that the non-Romani population in the United States receive their only exposure to the Romani
culture through television shows such as
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Gypsy Sisters, and American Gypsies, or
films like
Damn Me to Hell, Thinner, and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. The music industry has not
helped the Romani cause with Shakira’s
Gypsy and Miley Cyrus’ Gypsy Heart Tour.  Even video games
capitalize on the negative image and stereotypes of Romanies, with Gypsy thieves being a popular character
type in
World of Warcraft.

Many Romani in the United States find it upsetting that non-Romanies control what is portrayed as Romani
because few writers perform any type of research and they rarely contact a Romani to gain a better
understanding of the culture. The founders of O Porrajmos Education Society decided that Romani must reach
out to non-Romanies to bridge the culture gap. While we still cherish our closed society, we seek to bridge the
gap between the Romani community and the non-Romani community to promote peace and mutual
In the News:
The pig farm currently occupying the site of the
former concentration camp for Romani people at
Lety by Písek will apparently remain there. Czech
Human Rights Minister Jiří Dienstbier (Czech
Social Democratic Party - ČSSD), who has led
several negotiations with the owner, says no
concrete conclusion has arisen from the

At the sites occupied by the pig farm today there
was a camp during the Second World War in
which more than 300 Romani people perished.
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