The Memory and Histography of Porrajmos

Making a Transnational National Site of Memory


  • György Majtényi Eszterházy Károly University



Porrajmos, memory, site of memory, roma nationalism


This article investigates the memory and historiography of the Roma Holocaust/Porrajmos. It examines the stages and actors in the process through which the Porrajmos became a ‘site of memory’ within Roma minority communities living in different nation states, and how later, this ‘site of memory’ played a role in the making of a unified, common narrative of Roma history and in the transnational process of Roma national identity building. The Porrajmos, as a site of memory of shared Roma history, has played a significant role in the local, ethnic, national, as well as transnational identities of the Roma, and through this also the creation of ties among different Roma communities.

Author Biography

György Majtényi, Eszterházy Károly University

György Majtényi is a social historian and professor at Károly Eszterházy University. His recent research interests include Roma social history, the cultural and social his- tory of East-Central Europe in the twentieth century, intellectual history, and historio- graphy. He has written six monographs and numerous articles on the Cold War history of Hungary.




How to Cite

Majtényi, György. 2021. “The Memory and Histography of Porrajmos: Making a Transnational National Site of Memory”. S: I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. 8 (1):86-103.