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A Gypsy In Auschwitz: How I Survived the Horrors of the ‘Forgotten Holocaust’

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He founded the Regional Association of German Sinti and Romanies in Berlin and served as its chairman until he died in 2001. The German authorities took advantage of the Romani people‘s lack of literacy and actively did whatever they could not to give them the monetary compensation they were entitled. In Berlin, with his grandmother, he lived in a trailer, in a gated, privately rented land, along with lots of other trailers. This is a strikingly honest book and Otto painfully discloses how the constant exposure to violence and death dehumanised everybody in the concentration camp, prisoners and guards alike. This is the story of a young boy who managed to survive the most vicious and deadly of concentration camps.

Otto was spotted smuggling a "burning glass - lens that has been used to check the cannisters for defects and cracks which makes everything look massive. There was certainly a great deal of luck involved, but I believe there was something else, too - a protective hand held over me, shielding me from harm.

He was sentenced to three months and three weeks in youth detention for sabotage - and theft of Wahrmacht property. There are also disturbing reminders of how many seemingly good people witnessed these events unfolding. While the numbers are shocking, they are an abstract figure whereas a memoir such as this which focuses on one person gives us a starkly affecting insight into the terrible persecution of Roma and Sinti people during WW2 and beyond. Nobody seems to question why a train full of Roma and Sinti children are on the train in the first place. A Gypsy in Auschwitz is a testimony of what the Sinti and Roma people experienced and how the world looked the other way, before, during and after the war.

However, it is something that should not have its impact lessened to make it more palatable to any reader. If you seek to understand a different culture, a traditionally discriminated culture, this is definitely a must read! He sensitively describes those who clearly lost their minds and how emotionally shattered everyone was from being constantly surrounded by violence and death. The book is recommended by Doris Bergen as further reading in her book War and Genocide: a Concise History of the Holocaust. So many people think that Jews were the only people exterminated by the Nazis before and during WWII, but though they were tortured and killed in by far the greatest numbers, the Roma/Sinti, AKA gypsies, were also rounded up, put into concentration camps, and murdered.I hope that means that Rosenberg was spared from some of the horrors, but it also might just be that he was not willing to go that in-depth. A Gypsy In Auschwitz: How I Survived the Horrors of the “Forgotten Holocaust” by Otto Rosenberg was a very poignant and heartfelt memoir. Through Otto's journey, I was introduced not only to his perspective but to those he encountered along the way from people who persecuted him and/or even tried to ignore what was happening by looking the other way. His experience as a Sinti person made it fascinating as the focus of hatred and vilification was not just confined to the Jews. Throughout Otto's life, society will place him into situations where he is unable to work or clean himself, and then make hurtful remarks that he is a "dirty Gypsy.

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