Warsaw, Poland – Roma And Sinti Victims Of Nazis Remembered At Auschwitz


     People attend the ceremonies marking the 72nd anniversary of the Roma Holocaust Day at the former Nazi-german extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau in Brzezinka, Poland, 02 August 2016. EPAWarsaw, Poland – Observances are being held at Auschwitz-Birkenau in memory of the Roma and Sinti victims of the camp, who, like the Jews, were condemned to destruction under Nazi Germany’s murderous ideology.

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    Dozens of people, among them Roma representatives, gathered there on Tuesday for a remembrance ceremony.

    Every year such observances are held on Aug. 2 because on that day in 1944 the last group of nearly 2,900 Roma and the closely related Sinti at the death camp — mostly elderly people, women and children — were killed in the gas chambers.

    In total some 23,000 Roma and Sinti died in the so-called “Zigeunerlager” (Gypsy camp) at Auschwitz-Birkenau or in the gas chambers. In total, hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti were killed in the Holocaust.

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