agron1. Can you introduce yourself to us? Where do you come from, what is your occupation?

My name is Agron and I am born and raised in Plemetina. I work in a Balkan Sunflowers center with children where our main task is to help them with their homework. I am working there for 3 years. Nine people work inthis center together with me, and around 70 children come in 2 different times per day. Mostly  am busy withthis but in my free time I also like to play football.

2. We heard that you recently visited Poland for the 70th anniversary of concentration camp
Auschwitz. Can you tell us more about your trip?

Last year in 2014 we went for 3 days to Poland. We visited Auschwitz and we were there for the anniversary ceremony. We listened  many stories of the survivors about their experiences. We also had a guided tour in former baracks and around the concentration camp.

3. How people who went there were selected?

People were contacted through my organization Balkan Sunflowers and asked who is interested to go. We decided among ourselves who would like to go.

4.How many people from Plemetina went with you?

We were 5 of us from Plemetina.

5.How many other people who are Roma nationality you meet there?

Mostly I meet people from Kosovo, more precisely from Djakova, Kosovo Polje, and others were from Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovenia and many more. We had opportunity during our stay in the student dorms to talk and socialize. We mostly communicated on Roma language.

6. How the travel and accomodation were organized?

We had organized bus that went from Pristina to Krakow. Trip was long and it took us 27 hours to get there. We were sleeping in Krakow, in student dorms.

7.How the ceremony of the anniversary looked like?

There was a lot of people, mostly from Poland. There were people from many countires and they all talked about their experience during their imprisonment in Auschwitz. We had translation from some of our group memberes who understood different languages.
8.How did you feel during this event?

I felt so bad when I heard what happened to this people. When I hear this kind of stories it makes me very sad and affected. Especialy when we were putting the flowers to the monument for all the people that were murdered.

9.Do you have any family members that were sent to concentration camp during the WWII?

My grandmother told me a story that when she was a child during the war,  soldiers came to Kosovo and they were looking for people that will be send to concentration camp. She put black colour on her body and she was hidding and in this way she was not noticed but her parents were sent to Germany to some concentration camp and they were both killed.

10. What are your general reflection after your visit?

I think that in that period in the past people did many bad things and I would not like that something similar repeats in the future. I couldnt belive that somethng like this exsisted.

Interview was done by Ivana Kostadinovic and Wojciech Przybyla
We would like to thank to Mustafa family for hosting us for 3 days ☺


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