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    Porajmos: The Forgotten Gypsy Holocaust The World Ignored

    By Mark Oliver
    Published May 31, 2018

    During the Porajmos, the Nazis exterminated a quarter of Europe's Roma population, yet this brutal genocide went unacknowledged for decades.

    During the Holocaust, the Nazis and their allies killed about 25 percent of Europe's entire Roma (a.k.a. Gypsy) population. This genocide, known as the Porajmos, remains one of the worst atrocities committed by the Nazis — and it took until 1979 for the German government to commence reparations and until 2011 for the killings to receive an official day of remembrance.
    A Long History Of Persecution Against The Roma

    Even before the Nazis' rise to power, the Roma in Europe had already faced decades of persecution. An ethnic group originating in the northern Indian subcontinent before making their way to Europe most likely in the 14th century, the Roma had always been a migratory people who often faced local persecution wherever they ended up, including Germany.
    From 1899 through the Nazis' ascension in 1933, German legislators introduced law after law to restrict the rights of the Roma by surveilling them, keeping them out of public areas, and limiting the places where they could settle. Laws forbade them from entering many swimming pools or parks and whole sections of the country were off-limits for them. Police even had the right to arrest virtually any Roma they wanted without cause. The prevailing thinking was that any time a Gypsy was behind bars, the country was a safer place.
    And when the Nazis came to power, things only got worse. Hitler began to target the Roma not just as roving bands of people who needed to be controlled, but as an "undesirable" racial group that needed to be contained and then eliminated.

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    I have seen many references to the Roma Genocide over the years and the fact that restitution was being paid for confiscated gold to many from Hungary, romania etc.. etc..


    • #3
      German intellectual society didnt react well to urbanisation, they started to get a nostalgic culture based on running round the ancient forests, every man an independent citizen with a sword at his side, caring for the trees and living with nature. Think of the militia version of friends of the earth. The Nazis took that idea and turned the dial up to 11.

      That meant strangely enough, the Nazis had nothing against ethnically pure Roma/Sinti. The race scientists reckoned it was a throwback to the old style pre-industrial lifestyles which is something they approved of. Which is where the idea of defined preservation areas for Roma comes from, keeping them as a museum of pre-urban life

      They objected to Roma who married into other cultures and settled down, they reckoned these urban mischling Roma were likely to be involved in crime.

      The general theory was that people stuck to their own race, only a degenerate would want to breed with someone of a different race so the mixed race child was a sign of degeneracy in both parents since they'd both willingly betrayed their own races purity.

      That meant the Nazis general instructions were to remove the mixed race Roma but leave the nomadic pure race ones alone. The problem is these instruction get passed down to local politicians and police who either hate Roma or just cant be bothered wasting time working out family connections of a group who are famously averse to detailed records when they have a war to run, jews to round up and a thousand other priorites.

      Plus the Nazis are having a crackdown on 'useless eaters' and low level social crime so theyre picking up vagrants, street peddlers, prostitutes and anyone else who makes the streets look untidy and giving them a re-education in Dachau

      So the local Police just say 'what the hell' and round up everyone assuming either they'll have time to sort the paperwork in the detention camps or its going to become someone else's problem.


      • #4
        In the Netherlands the Roma and Sinti are remembered, with monuments and memorials, alongside the Jewish and other victims.
        Remembrance is not a contest, so what exactly is 'The World'...?