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

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The story is powerful and emotional , one everyone should take the time to read, because as those that suffered and survived die, the risk is people will forget, so it is upon us to keep those events alive, so they never happen again. Deeply moving, A Gypsy in Auschwitz is the incredible story of how a young Sinti boy miraculously survived the unimaginable darkness of the Holocaust. Author, Otto Rosenberg, was nine when Sinti were rounded up in Berlin and placed in ghettos, years prior to their being transported and imprisoned en masse in concentration camps. I loved his pride throughout all of it, his commitment to help all the others who have gone through the same experience.

The photographs in this were a lovely added touch allowing me the reader to fully emotionally invest in what was being told.This will inspire Otto to be a leader and an activist for those were denied restitution and recognition after the war.

Forcing these communities to break cultural laws for the placement of rubbish and washing adds an additional layer of humiliation to their treatment. The bureaucracy that stops the nomad community from receiving their financial dues, ergo still oppressing them with the efficiency of the Nazi party. Readers unfamiliar with Sinti or Roma culture might miss the references to hygiene laws such as "You can imagine the smell. There was an element of luck too, of course and throughout the book there are times when it is evident just how close to death he became. There aren’t that many books I have come across with regards to gypsies and how they were treated during in the camps so I wanted to read it.However, when he goes looking for reparations for his time in the concentration camps and the murder of so much of his family, he says "I had to go to the district court, only to be told that I wasn’t a real German and had no ties to Berlin.

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