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 told his story to Ulrich Enzenberger and the result is a memoir which feels very personal; the translation by Maisie Musgrave ensures his voice comes across clearly throughout. He also details school (including cleanliness rules) and having to leave at 13 to help his grandmother. He discusses issues related to community, intergenerational trauma and memory with clarity and courage. There are also disturbing reminders of how many seemingly good people witnessed these events unfolding.

The food was so delicious, and after school or for supper there was always a sweet, scrumptious soup served in a big mug, with baked or fried dumplings to go with it. I actually had to put it down at some points because it was just too overwhelming and I needed time to process my thoughts. One thing I really loved about this book is that it wasn’t over complex or information overload, which meant it didn’t become over whelming. I knew it would be gut wrenching even before starting it, but I still wasn't prepared for it in the slightest. One morning they were loaded into trucks by the stormtroopers and the police, removing them from a private camp.This is one book that if you enjoy reading about the terrible things that happened in the past then you should check this one out because it gives you the facts without making you feel terrible.

In later years, Rosenberg was the chairman of the Regional Association of German Sinti and Romanies Berlin-Brandenburgand fathered seven children. You get a real sense of what Otto was like as a person and in the main, many seemed to like him and whilst he fell on his feet in getting certain jobs in the camps, he far from had it easy. Instead, you get to know bits of his language, culture, and desire to survive a stolen childhood as he is torn from his family, his caravan home, and his lifestyle as he is drug from one labor/concentration camp to another.

I hope Otto's mission of reintegration of the Sinti and Roma can assist in healing the wounds of previous generations, and that the lessons are not forgotten. No punishment or accountability, instead the victims were victimised further by having to watch the guilty live without the burden of trauma, and what's worse they have to live with the murderers among them.

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