Thursday, October 18, 2018

Roma Cultural Legacy

The Holocaust

Adolf Hitler was the dictator of Germany from 1933 to 1945, he formed the National Socialist German Workers' Party in 1919, commonly known as the Nazi Party.  Hitler wanted to purify Germany by getting rid of any populous group that was not “Aryan.”  Aryan refers to white or Caucasian people with blonde hair and blue eyes, those who were European nationals and not descendants or immigrants who migrated from other countries and intermixed with Europeans.  Hitlers ideas did not coincide with the much of western philosophies and definitely conflicted with communism, however, with his rise to power he was able to reign terror of absolution and most of Europe yielded to the grip of Germany.  Interestingly, as countries conceded to the Third Reich through propaganda driven by nationalistic and socialistic ideals it was prevalent that the hierarchy of these countries were of the same sentiment Europe for Europeans.  Of course, this is a sentiment that most people can contend with even in today's political atmosphere.  However, there are degrees in which no one, not even a leader of a nation should inflict and that is the mass slaughter of any population to the brink of extinction.  Hitler and his Nazi Party slaughtered millions of people, the Roma, Sinti, Jehovah's witnesses, homosexuals, mentally & physically disabled, the clinically insane, and the one group that everyone knows about, the Jews.  In 1939,  thousands of people within these cluster groups were rounded up, experimented upon, tortured, and sent to the gas chamber. 

For 6 years, their homes where the ghettos aka concentration camps the living conditions were inhumane and torturous, the rotting corpses a grotesque site, but a true depiction of society. Statistically, it is equated that 1.5 million Roma were murdered in the Holocaust or Porjamos (Mass Killing), the reason for these mass execution, racial grounds.  The Nazi's as described earlier deemed the Roma as racially impure due to their social status as outsiders.  1.5 million people were executed for their race and until recently were forgotten in the history books.  The Roma were the forgotten ones, no hymns or ballads were written for them, not even a whisper or hint of anger was exuded from the pulpits of society.  They were the discriminated ones of yesteryear as they are today, no reverence, or accolades for their fallen dead, nothing but disdain, antigypsy fervor, and seclusion.  The Roma also died in the Holocaust and should be given the same respect and reverence as the Jews and other denominations slaughtered from 1939-1945. 

August 2 Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial

The Roma Will Never Forget

More Holocaust Articles

  • https://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/people/victroma.htm
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/07/remembering-roma-victims-holocaust-170728114822470.html
  • http://theconversation.com/the-genocide-of-the-roma-and-how-commemoration-of-this-forgotten-holocaust-is-shifting-92771
  • http://2august.eu/the-roma-genocide/
  • http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/roma-gypsies-in-auschwitz
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porajmos
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