Romani history

Internment in France

In France there were two different but parallel approaches to the so-called “Gypsy question”. The French approach of using internment as a way of bringing the “Tsiganes” (“Gypsies”) into the mainstream of society prevailed over the German approach of internment as the first step to mass murder. Thus the Roma of France, unlike those living in other countries under German occupation, were not exterminated in the camp at Auschwitz. However, they did not escape persecution.

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