Roaming the countryside in caravans, the gypsies and their elusive lifestyle represented an affront to nazi ideals of social order, hard work and racial purity drawing on numerous documents from german and austrian archives, this work is a study of the fate of the gypsies under the nazi regime. Approximately 11 million people were killed because of nazi genocidal policy it was the explicit aim of hitler's regime to create a european world both dominated and populated by the aryan race. On august 2, 1944 over 3,000 roma (gypsies) were murdered in a separate romani (gypsy) camp others were put in ghettos, cramped communities guarded by nazis where min orities were forced to live, segregated from the rest of the community. Documenting numbers of victims of the holocaust and nazi persecution despite this, calculating the numbers of individuals who were killed as the result of nazi policies is an impossible task there is no single wartime document that spells out how many people were killed. The context of the nazi persecution of gypsies of the 'jewish narrative', which is based on the intentionalist interpretation, and the idea is challenged that identical motives were behind the persecution of jews and gypsies.
After years of nazi rule in germany, during which jews were consistently persecuted, hitler's final solution-now known as the holocaust-came to fruition under the cover of world war. 1 translated from the german by dr eve rosenhaft (university of liverpool) 1 the explicit or implicit focus of most published studies dealing with the image of the gypsy, or with policies toward gypsies in germany, is the nazi policy of extermination. Inthe nazi persecution of the gypsies, guenter lewy draws upon thousands of documents--many never before used--from german and austrian archives to provide the most comprehensive and accurate study available of the fate of the gypsies under the nazi regime.
During world war two 85 per cent of germany's gypsies died in these camps the nazis' persecution of the jews the group most heavily targeted for persecution by the nazis were the jews of germany. The gypsy culture passes criminal behavior from parents to children, hence the nazis felt somewhat supported by the german people in their efforts to curtail the gypsy culture. In modern germany, persecution of the sinti and roma preceded the nazi regime even though gypsies enjoyed full and equal rights of citizenship under article 109 of the weimar constitution, they were subject to special, discriminatory laws.
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. For centuries, sinti and roma were scorned and persecuted in europe zigeuner, the german word for gypsy, derives from a greek root meaning untouchable in the balkan principalities of moldavia and wallachia, gypsies were slaves bought and sold by monasteries and large estate holders (boyars) until 1864, when the newly formed nation of. Guenter lewy's the nazi persecution of the gypsies is an outstanding achievement it will become the standard work on the subject it will become the standard work on the subject it documents and analyses an aspect of nazi criminality that hasn't received sufficient attention and corrects some unfounded statements. In post wwi germany, persecution of the sinti and roma preceded the nazi regime even though gypsies enjoyed full and equal rights of citizenship under article 109 of the weimar constitution, they were subject to special, discriminatory laws.
The gypsies (roma and sinti) are one of the forgotten victims of the holocaust the nazis, in their strive, to rid the world of undesirables, targeted both jews and gypsies for extermination follow the path of persecution to mass slaughter in this timeline of what happened to the gypsies during. Persecution during the nazi time like jews, the rom gypsies were chosen for total annihilation just because of their race even though jews are defined by religion, hitler saw the gypsies as a race that he believed needed to be completely annihilated. After world war ii ended, germany gave compensation to the jewish survivors, but compensation claims by the gypsies were denied by the germans in the 1950s on the grounds that the gypsies had been persecuted under the nazi regime because they were asocial or had broken the laws of the country, not because of racism.
The nazi regime continued the persecution, viewing the roma both as asocial and as racially inferior to germans although the nuremberg laws did not specifically mention them, roma were included in the implementation of the statutes. The gypsies, like the jews, were condemned by the nazis to complete annihilation for being racially impure, socially undesirable, and mentally defective8 the persecution of gypsies was not new in germany. Documentary about the roma gypsies and their persecution during the holocaust school project from sophomore year high school.
In the nazi persecution of the gypsies, guenter lewy draws upon thousands of documents--many never before used--from german and austrian archives to provide the most comprehensive and accurate study available of the fate of the gypsies under the nazi regime. Gypsy persecution in nazi germany by megan armstrong, kennedi jackson, and ismail sanchez background the gypsies are an ethnic group originating from india. The roma are an ethnic people who have migrated across europe for a thousand years the roma culture has a rich oral tradition, with an emphasis on family often portrayed as exotic and strange.