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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Otto lays bare the brutal cruelty of the Nazis and while the appalling conditions in concentration camps like Auschwitz-Birkenau are well-known these days, it's still difficult to contemplate the scale of suffering and calculated, systemic murder of people they deemed to be racially inferior. Those interested in learning more about the Holocaust shouldn't miss this awful yet achingly beautiful book. He begins by remembering a time when his family were poor but happy before the gradual eradication of their rights, the arrest of Sinti and Roma just prior to the 1936 Olympic Games and their forced move to the Berlin-Marzahn labour camp. Later after the concentration camp he was back with his grandmother after living with his dad at the age of five in berlin. He is just a little boy so when a shiny object catches his eye, he tries to steal it to play with it.

The police left and the military tookover the transport - when he turned 16 the train arrived in Auschwitz.moments about remembering someone or explaining that he has seen a certain person since they got out of the camps. While the numbers are shocking, they are an abstract figure whereas a memoir such as this which focuses on one person gives us a starkly affecting insight into the terrible persecution of Roma and Sinti people during WW2 and beyond. 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.

All around them, Sinti and Roma families are being torn from their homes by Nazis, leaving behind schools, jobs, friends, and businesses to live in forced encampments outside the city. The trauma not ending when he was liberated, but all through his life and this led to his remarkable retelling of events within the camps. It is this trauma, still affecting him, that shapes his writing and it feels as you read that you can feel and see much it took for him to survive and eventually move on. Without giving too much away this was a book that had to be written, we need more books about Roma and Sinti, they deserve to be known and the stories to be heard. So the history and the knowledge being written regarding the Sinti and Roma was completely new to myself so I found this read interesting.The Sinti included name of his aunts, uncles and other relatives, including his grandmother's sister and her sons. The book is recommended by Doris Bergen as further reading in her book War and Genocide: a Concise History of the Holocaust. Otto had a big family with his mother and father splitting up and having children with different partners. In this heartbreaking and riveting memoir, holocaust survivor and activist Otto Rosenberg describes his Sinti childhood in Berlin, the concentration camps and the post-war treatment of his people.

Otto had such a kind soul, he was hard working from a young age and always took pride in what he did as well as being willing to help anyone, ever in dyer circumstances. This book really hit me in the feelings a few times, there were two moments that will really stay with me. I hope that means that Rosenberg was spared from some of the horrors, but it also might just be that he was not willing to go that in-depth. THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Otto Rosenberg is 9 and living in Berlin, poor but happy, when his family are first detained.As his daughter says in the afterword, the true history and horror of what happened under the Nazis (and the Japanese on my side of the world), tends to be numbed when spoken about as a group. He was sentenced to three months and three weeks in youth detention for sabotage - and theft of Wahrmacht property. It rarely accounts for the deaths of the many Roma, Sinti, homosexual or other non desirable minorities. Otto is a mere nine years of age when he and his family are ripped from the comfort of their community and forced to fight to survive in the Marzahn camp. Any book or novel that deals with the Nazi persecution of not just Jews but others such as gypsy’s, is difficult to read and review, simply because of the horrific nature of the story.

All survivors of Auschwitz are complete warriors to me, but what I loved about this book and this man, was how he was able to find certain things comical and laugh about them afterwards.

From the wretched living conditions which saw prisoners racked with illness and plagued by lice as they were beaten, starved and worked to death to the planned mass murder of his people, Otto barely survived but still lost so much.



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