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The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies

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Roaming the countryside in caravans, earning their living as musicians, peddlers, and fortune-tellers, the Gypsies and their elusive way of life represented an affront to Nazi ideas of social order, hard work, and racial purity. They were branded as "asocials," harassed, and eventually herded into concentration camps where many thousands were killed. But until now the stor ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 24th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 30th 1990)
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Claudia Moscovici
The Gypsy Holocaust: Review of The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies by Guenter Lewy

The Gypsies also experienced a Holocaust at the hands of the Nazi regime. Initially, Nazi racial ideology expressed some ambivalence towards the Gypsies, by way of contrast to the Jews, whom they perceived as “vermin”. On the one hand, the Nazis regarded the Gypsies as “work-shy”, nomadic beggars and thieves, racially inferior to the Aryan race. On the other hand, some Nazi racial theories traced “racially pure” Gy
My knowledge of the persecution of the Roma/Sinti people during the Holocaust was minimal, at best. Reading Lewy's book, The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies, certainly added to my knowledge base; however, I am sure of all of the information provided by the author. In speaking to historians and scholars (I am an avid attendee of workshops provided by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) their opinions and research has contradicted Lewy's. Nonetheless, I feel I have gained valuable ...more
Introduction is the best I have seen in one place for information on Roma/Sinti in any one place. This book is quality research . . . but I still don't want to agree with his conclusions about the intent of the Nazis vis a vis the Roma (did I really use that in a sentence?). Contends that the Roma were not targeted for extermination by the Nazis, but were sent to work or concentration camps in response to pressure from locals. And even when sent to Auschwitz, the Roma were treated better than th ...more
Angie Lisle
Morbid - but that is to be expected when dealing with this horrific period of history. The writing was dry, but informative. I had to read this slowly, in small batches, due to the nature of the content.
It's not one of my favorite books on the subject (if you can have a fav) and he shows his bias a little too much for my taste, but despite that it has a lot of information to offer.
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