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October 07, 1988 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-10-07

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population. Gypsies and Jews
began being transported into
Poland. A law forbade official
employment of any kind of
Gypsies. In 1940, the murder
at Buchenwald of 250 Czech
Gypsy children was reported,
the first racially motivated
mass extermination of the
By 1942, the military gover-
nor of Serbia, Harald Turner,
was able to announce that "In
Serbia, the Jewish and the
Gypsy question has been
resolved." A 'Bucharest
newspaper wrote at the same
time that "In Romania, the
Gypsy question is an impor-
tant as the Jewish." At a par-
ty meeting in September,
Justice Minister Otto
Theirack announced that
"Jews and Gypsies must be
unconditionally exter-
In her book The Romani
Genocide Under the Nazi
Regime, Miriam Novitch,
director of the Ghetto
Fighter's House in Israel,
where the most complete
documentation in that coun-
try on the Romani Holocaust
is housed, wrote that "The
motives invoked to justify the
death of the Gypsies were the
same as those ordering the
murder of the Jews, and the
methods employed for the one
were identical with those
employed for the other."
Yet, since the war, few
achievements have been
made from the Romani
No Gypsies were called to
testify at the war. crimes
tribunals, and almost no
reparations have been made
to Romani survivors, mostly
Sinte, Baltic and Vlax Gyp-
sies. Between 70 and 80 per-
cent of all Romani lives in
Nazi-controlled territories
have been destroyed, between
a half and three-quarters of
the entire world population.
Instead, anti-Gypsy laws
still operate everywhere
against Gypsies, and anti-
Gypsyism remains deeply en-
trenched. Without a country
or any political, military or
academic strength, Gypsies
continue to be forgotten.
In the past 10 years,
Hitler's techniques of depor-
tation, sterilization and exter-
mination all have been sug-
gested or implemented
against Gypsies in various
As the story of the Romani
tragedy in the Poraimos
(Romani for "Holocaust")
becomes better known, we
must ensure that the Gypsy
people be given their rightful
place in history, and that
prayers be said and candles lit
for them too, at our Holocaust
observance ceremonies.



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