Romani history

5.1
Concentration Camps

The fierce persecution of Roma by Ger­man Nazis – and other fascists – had its roots in three distinct features of European thought and policies in the first half of the 20th century. Traditional anti-“Gypsyism”, a complex mixture of social prejudices – such as the idea that “Gypsies” were carriers of dangerous deseases and prone to stealing children whenever possible – was widely ac­cepted throughout Europe. In the early 20th century this was combined with a rabid form of racism.

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