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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
Representing, connecting, and supporting Jewish people in Scotland

Desecration of
Romano Lav memorial in Glasgow

17 June 2020

The Jewish Community was shocked and disgusted to hear that the memorial to Roma victims of the Nazis in Queens Park has again again been desecrated so soon after similar vandalism last November.

We note also that Queens Park and Govanhill are areas where many refugees have found shelter. Many Jewish families made their homes there after fleeing Russian pogroms and the Nazi Holocaust. Many local Jewish people will recall attending the four synagogues that used to be in the area, and spending Shabbat afternoons in Queens Park.

The Romani Rose Tree Memorial in Queens Park in Glasgow was the first memorial in Scotland to the memory of the hundreds of thousands of Roma who were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust, and was planted by members of the Romano Lav last year with a plaque to mark the Roma Genocide Memorial Day. The memorial was restored after being destroyed last November, and has now been desecrated again.

The Jewish Community shares the disgust of the local community with this act of vandalism, and has issued this statement of sympathy and support. We will continue to work with others to build good relations and understanding between Scotland's diverse communities.

SCoJeC and the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council have issued a joint statement of support and solidarity with the Roma Community:

We are appalled and saddened to see the Glasgow Roma Holocaust Memorial destroyed again. This is a memorial to thousands of innocent people who were murdered in the Holocaust, and its repeated destruction is unforgiveable.

Just last year, with support of diverse people all over Glasgow, the Roma community rebuilt their memorial following its destruction on November. To target the Roma community again in this way is unacceptable - we must come together not only to show solidarity, but to take action against the perpetrators and support the Roma community at this time.

We applaud Romano Lav for its strength and determination, and we will continue to work with others to build friendship and understanding amongst Scotland's diverse communities.

Micheline Brannan

Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)


Paul Edlin

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council



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