Ensuring the integration of Europe’s Roma is at the core of the philanthropy of George Soros. In this recorded testimony Soros, a survivor of the Nazi occupation of Hungary during World War II, discusses why he believes the treatment of Roma continues to be the worst case of social exclusion based on ethnicity. This is especially true in Europe today with the rise of xenophobia and racism. Call the Witness provides new insight into the suffering, alienation, and poverty that for centuries have characterized Europe’s largest ethnic minority. The project lays bare the numerous challenges the Roma face, and it also reveals the hope for a Europe that embraces people of different backgrounds, where all Roma children have access to a quality education and where Roma music, art, and culture are seen as integral parts of what it means to be European. (Laura Silber)
GEORGE SOROS (born 1930) is a financier and philanthropist. He is Chairman of Soros Fund Management, LLC and founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations. His philanthropic activities have centered on the promotion of human rights, freedom of speech, and democratic processes. In the mid-late 1980s, Soros supported dissident movements in the Eastern bloc, and after the revolutions of 1989, went on to fund a variety of civil-society building endeavors in the fields of education and culture in the region and beyond. His many books include: The Soros Lectures: At the Central European University (2010); The Crash of 2008 and What it Means: The New Paradigm for Finance Markets (2009); The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of The War on Terror (2006); The Bubble of American Supremacy (2005); and The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered (1998). Soros lives and works in New York.