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05/16/2012

Let us take up the legacy of the Gypsy heroes of 1944

Skye:  I was aware of the August 2nd massacre of the Roma at Birkenau in 1944, but did not realise this event was preceded by another attempt two months earlier. This essay from 2008 by Roberto Malini (La Voix des Rroms) gives an insight on what happened.
 
"On May 16th, 1944 four thousand Roma imprisoned in the “zigeunerlager” in Auschwitz decided to stand up to their murderers who according to programme had come to get them to lead them to the gas chambers.
The most powerful and well-organized machine of oppression and death of all time found itself before human beings reduced to a pitiful state – swarms of children all skin and bone and barefoot women and men. It wasn’t only the men who decided not to bow their heads to these butchers in uniform; the scrawny hands of children and women picked up stones, bricks, iron rods and rudimentary blades and all together the Roma of Auschwitz cried “No! We will not give you our children to force through your chimneys. Your doctors have tortured so many of them already while experimenting their monstrous science. The children’s screams rose high into the air, higher than the dense smoke issuing from the crematoriums, higher than our prayers..."

The full essay.
http://www.romabuzzmonitor.net/2012/05/let-us-take-up-the-legacy-of-the-gypsy-heroes-of-may-16th-1944/

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