A photograph of the Norwegian Romanifolket-Taterne ‘Stone of Shame’, a monument commemorating the assimilation policies and practices of the Norwegian government, towards Romanifolket-Taterne people, from 1908 to 2000. The Norwegian Taternes Landsforening organisation, ‘Romanifolkets Landsforening’ until 2005, has held an annual commemoration on 6th May, from 1996 at the Stone of Shame, in Ris Church cemetery, Oslo. The stone is placed close by the mass grave used by Gaustad Psychiatric Hospital, where many of the ‘Travellers’ were also institutionalised, though exact numbers are unknown, but it is clear that this happened. The monument at Ris Church marks a joint burial for people who died at Gaustad Hospital. The mass grave was used during the years 1965-1987. It is now known that fifty-five patients from Gaustad Psychiatric Hospital are buried in the grave, one of whom is of Romanifolket-Taterne origins; twenty-eight are women and twenty-seven men. Surveys by the Review Committee (2013-2014), established by the Norwegian government about the Romanifolket-Taterne people (Romani-Tatere), have highlighted the institutionalisation of ‘Travellers’ as part of the Norwegian government and Church Mission policies to assimilate the Romanifolket-Taterne people in Norway.
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original titleSkammens Stein
übersetzer TitelThe Stone of Shame
Production1996 - 0
- Bodil Andersson (photographer) (Oslo, Norway)
- colour commemoration