Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Germany’s new generation of gypsies


Gypsies are the forgotten victims of the Holocaust, and it is estimated that half a million perished under the Nazi regime. But in recent years the reshaping of political boundaries and new migrations have increased the number of Sinti and Roma living in Germany to around 70,000, though this number is only an estimate as the German government does not keep records of ethnicity. The situation is further complicated as many Roma who arrived in the 1990s from former Yugoslavia do not hold German citizenship, and hence are classified as immigrants or refugees. The powerful photograph above of a Roma family near Stuttgart comes from an excellent photo essay in Catalyst magazine, which is published by the UK Commission for Racial Equality.

Now join the Roma as they Celebrate with Saint Sarah
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1 comment:

Rashid said...

The 500,000 number is an old figure. Modern estimates range from 1 to 3 million, though the exact number is unknown, since so many were killed on site, before even making it to a concentration camp.