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

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

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

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This book although a little simplistic will act as a valuable first hand transcript and help ensure the atrocities are not forgotten. I loved that the book used photographs as part of the story too, it really did bring Otto’s history to life. The police left and the military tookover the transport - when he turned 16 the train arrived in Auschwitz. At one point he even understands he was experimented on, but he can only see the kindness in the doctors’ behaviour and feels that it counts.

Otto finds, like many other Roma and Sinti survivors, that people will say their possessions, businesses and homes could not have been stolen because "Gypsies" couldn't possibly have ever owned anything. I think Otto's story proves the importance of listening to as many personal testimonies of those who survived this horrific time, validating their stories, and passing their stories on in hopes that history does not repeat itself. Increasingly difficult situations will only strengthen the incredible bond between Otto and his grandmother. Otto Rosenberg is telling Nazi persecution of his people, to remind us that their hatred of ‘outsiders’ did not stop with the Jews, but led to the murder of many other groups. 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.I knew it would be gut wrenching even before starting it, but I still wasn't prepared for it in the slightest. But to be denied food, the love of your family, poor health and suffering so unbearable its hard to talk about. His family is relocated to a camp (a hastily set up shanty town) for Roma people which lacks access to clean water and is surrounded by sewage. Even his children are living with the horrors seeing their father so upset and riddled with memories taunting him years later. While I have read many books about the Holocaust over the years I have never read anything like this one before.

Those of you who know me know how fascinated I am with Auschwitz and it still blows my mind away when I discover how little I still know about it all. So the history and the knowledge being written regarding the Sinti and Roma was completely new to myself so I found this read interesting.

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. I actually had to put it down at some points because it was just too overwhelming and I needed time to process my thoughts. Otto's story deserves the widest possible readership and should be added to the reading list of anyone wishing to learn about Europe's largest minority group. After his release, he is terrified of the arriving Americans, British and Russians as he is the Germans.

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