Programme of the Synagogue


The Night That Silenced the Violins

Memorial event

31. July 2020, at 11:00, at the Jewish square

On the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Genocide over the Roma and Sinti, we kindly invite you to memorial event “The Night That Silenced the Violines“.

The event will take place on Friday, 31. July 2020, at 11 a.m. on the Jewish Square in Maribor (between the former synagogue and the Jewish Tower).

As part of the event, a lecture by a young researcher at ZRC SAZU Vita Zalar “Genocide against Roma in the grip of modern populism” will be held. Renowned singer and chansonnier Katja Šulc and guitarist Andraž Mazi will provide the musical part of the programme.

In case of rain, the event will take place in the Synagogue Maribor; the number of visitors will be limited in this case.


Anton Müller, a Roma from Burgenland, was tattooed with the number Z 6835 on his left forearm during his internment in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The letter Z was a sign for “Zigeuner” – “Gypsy”.. (Source: Društvo Roma-Service,


Organizers of the event:

- Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor,
- EPEKA Association

The event is supported by:

- Municipality of Maribor

The event is part of the projects “Stone Tears 2020″ and “Voice of the Roma – Concert Cycle”.


Vita Zalar, mag. hist., is an assistant and young researcher at the Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), Institute of Cultural History. In her research, she focuses on Roma history from Austro-Hungary to the second Yugoslavia. As part of her doctoral studies at the ZRC SAZU Postgraduate School, she is preparing a doctoral dissertation entitled The Conceptual History of “Gypsyism”: Habsburg and Post-Habsburg Perspectives. She researches Roma history during the Second World War as a member of the international project (2019–2022) Dislocations and resistances: Genocidal violence and persecution of Roma, Sinti and Travelers in Western Europe, 1939–1946.

Katja Šulc is a renowned Slovenian singer who combines poetry and music in her compositions. She collaborates with domestic and foreign musicians, authors and producers and gives concerts both at home and abroad (France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Portugal, Morocco, Turkey, China, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala). She moves between different musical genres, encompassing music poetry, contemporary chanson, ambient and electronic music, folk and world music. In 2016, she released her third album KAMLISAJLAN (Casete Mexico), dedicated to contemporary Roma poetry from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, and in her current project she pays homage to Mexico and the poetry – both contemporary and traditional and indigenous – that she met there.

Guitarist Andraž Mazi began his musical career at the Conservatory in Klagenfurt and devoted himself mainly to jazz music. Since then, he has been actively giving concerts in Slovenia and is an important member of the Slovenian music scene (Olivija, Borgesia, BAST, Robert Jukič, Riki Zadravec and others).



In order to respect the preventive measures to prevent and limit the spread of covid-19 virus, we ask visitors of the event to attend only, if you are healthy without signs of respiratory infection, and at the event to maintain a suitable safety distance of 1,5 m, take care of proper cough hygiene / sneeze and follow other safety instructions of the organizer.

Pursuant to Article 2 of the Ordinance on Amendments to the Ordinance on Temporary General Restriction or Prohibition of Gathering of People in the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 96/20), the event organizer is obliged to keep a list of attendance. For this purpose, we ask all visitors to provide the organizer with the following information upon arrival at the event: name and surname and address of permanent residence. If the NIJZ does not request data on the participants of the event within one month from the day of the event, the said data will be safely destroyed.

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