The nazi persecution of the gypsies has 43 ratings and 9 reviews sezín said: absolutely horrifying the depravity of the nazi extermination campaigns is. Most of the gypsies in german-occupied europe belonged to the sinti and roma tribes in germany and western europe generally the sinti predominated, and the roma in austria, eastern europe, and the balkans. Roaming the countryside in caravans, earning their living as musicians, peddlers, and fortune-tellers, the gypsies and their elusive way of life represented an affront to nazi ideas of social order, hard work, and racial purity.
Other groups were targeted for destruction or persecution, including poles, roma (gypsies), soviet pows, the mentally and physically handicapped, jehovah’s witnesses, and homosexuals approximately 5 million of these peoples were also murdered by the nazis. Between 1933 and 1945, sinti and roma (gypsies) suffered greatly as victims of nazi persecution building on long-held prejudices, the nazi regime viewed gypsies both as asocials (outside normal society) and as racial inferiors believed to threaten the biological purity and strength of the superior aryan race.
They saw jews, roma (gypsies), and the handicapped as a serious biological threat to the purity of the “german (aryan) race,” what they called the master race jews, who numbered about 525,000 in germany (less than one percent of the total population in 1933) were the principal target of nazi hatred.
Nazi germany 1933-1939: early stages of persecution how hitler laid the groundwork for genocide you might also like non-jewish targets of persecution a nazi propaganda poster against the disabled (grafeneck euthanasia museum/flickr) many of germany’s 30,000 roma (gypsies) were also eventually sterilized and prohibited, along with.
In the nazi persecution of the gypsies, guenter lewy draws upon thousands of documents--many never before used--from german and austrian archives to provide the most comprehensive and accurate study available of the fate of the gypsies under the nazi regime. Himmler took special interest into the aryan origins of the gypsies and distinguished between settled (assimilated) and unsettled gypsies although the nazi regime never produced the gypsy law desired by himmler, policies and decrees were passed which discriminated against the gypsies. The gypsy holocaust: review of the nazi persecution of the gypsies by guenter lewy the gypsies also experienced a holocaust at the hands of the nazi regime initially, nazi racial ideology expressed some ambivalence towards the gypsies, by way of contrast to the jews, whom they perceived as “vermin.
Who were the “gypsies” in 1939, 30000-35000 people known as ‘gypsies” lived in germany and austria, which was incorporated into germany in march 1938.