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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. This book took a very dark subject but spun it in a way that the reader can sympathise but also be compelled to see what is going to happen to the characters. He shares with empathy how the loss of their ability to have their own children will create further problems after the war.

As you read, you know that behind the simplicity of the writing, is another layer of untold emotion, buried deep and it is utterly heartbreaking! I knew about the horrors that all the Jewish people faced but I never realised that the Gypsys' took on their plights as well. The informal tone of this extraordinarily moving memoir means that although the subject matter is difficult, the words flow in a conversational style which is very readable. No punishment or accountability, instead the victims were victimised further by having to watch the guilty live without the burden of trauma, and what's worse they have to live with the murderers among them. Otto suffered unimaginable pain, witnessed atrocities, horrors and starvation that the Nazis inflicted on everyone in Auschwitz.

As the war progresses, an act of kindness was "as though the sun had suddenly burst out from behind a cloud. Sinti, Rom-families, WW2, Germany, holocaust, nonfiction, memoir, memories, prison, family, survivors, 1930s, kindness, photos, victimization, survival, survivor's-guilt, genocide, historical-figures,. 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.

It was certainly great deal of luck and he believed a protective hand held over him, shielding him from harm. Otto Rosenberg's family were Sinti and this candid account of his own ordeal at the hands of the Nazis is a harrowing read. 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. Forcing these communities to break cultural laws for the placement of rubbish and washing adds an additional layer of humiliation to their treatment.As the title of this book suggests, the mass killing of the Sinti and the Roma is often described as a 'forgotten holocaust.

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