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The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  43 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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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Sezín Koehler
Absolutely horrifying. The depravity of the Nazi extermination campaigns is just unbelievable—like I really just don't understand and cannot believe these things actually happened even though they very much did. The perspective of the Gypsy persecution by the Third Reich was some enlightening historical information, and seeing as this is one of only two books ever written on this topic, it should be recommended reading.
Claudia Moscovici
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Elliot Seiler
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
The Holocaust is normally the first thing to come to mind when thinking about the Nazi party, while this is a main point taught in modern day schools, there is another minority that is not mentioned as often. They are the Gypsies. They were thought of as spies due to their dark complexion and abnormalities compared to the Caucasian people commonly found in Germany. Since they were different, the Gypsies were treated as social outcasts starting with the day they entered the country. This started ...more
Kristin
Oct 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Ursula Shelton
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't like rating historical books, because it's history and there is little we can do to change it. However, it's a good book, full of facts and such about the gypsies and Germany. It helps to read this material because it shows us how easy it is for us to hate and how difficult it is to love when we feel our territory is being encroached on. Both views are clearly presented; unfortunately for the gypsies they are treated inhumanly and end up in concentration camps and for many death. I would ...more
Shane
Jul 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Jeannette
Jul 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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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