A Gypsy In Auschwitz: How I Survived the Horrors of the ‘Forgotten Holocaust’
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The Sinti included name of his aunts, uncles and other relatives, including his grandmother's sister and her sons. Otto will leave the camps unable to speak about his experiences and re-enter society as a voice for his people. The way he relays his experiences is conversational in nature which makes it so much more emotional to read. If you seek to understand a different culture, a traditionally discriminated culture, this is definitely a must read! It is thought that around 500,000 Roma and Sinti people – at least a quarter of their population at the time – were murdered in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Also that the way these war criminals, and they are criminals, just slid into important roles in every industry in the post-war era.When Otto tries to refuse doing that same work, his superiors say he can't refuse to work and that he has to contribute. With so many stories about the treatment of Gypsies during the Holocaust either untold or lost to history, reading this book was utterly heartbreaking. Deeply moving, A Gypsy in Auschwitz is the incredible story of how a young Sinti boy miraculously survived the unimaginable darkness of the Holocaust.
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. This book is a true account of life in numerous concentration camps during World War II, of survival against all odds and the awful treatment of Romani and Sinti people in war time Germany. He experienced his share of discrimination and fought back against the children who tried to put him down.Years of being denied the hygiene and honour that defined traditional Romani family life and the reversal of gender and generational conventions was obviously enduringly traumatic to the survivors.
Any book or novel that deals with the Nazi persecution of not just Jews but others such as gypsy’s, is difficult to read and review, simply because of the horrific nature of the story.
It is this trauma, still affecting him, that shapes his writing and it feels as you read that you can feel and see much it took for him to survive and eventually move on. Sinti, Rom-families, WW2, Germany, holocaust, nonfiction, memoir, memories, prison, family, survivors, 1930s, kindness, photos, victimization, survival, survivor's-guilt, genocide, historical-figures,.