Archive/File: camps/marzahn/marzahn-established Last-Modified: 1997/06/04 "The police were not passive while racial laws barring marriage and sexual intercourse between Gypsies and Germans were being promulgated ... The Sinti and Roma had traditionally been subjected to harassment, mainly in Bavaria; after 1933, however, direct harassment became systematic, with the expulsion from the country of foreign Gypsies, and with others incarcerated as vagrants, habitual criminals, and various other kinds of asocials. Taking the Olympic Games as a pretext, the Berlin police in May 1936 arrested hundreds of Gypsies and transferred whole families, with their wagons, horses, and other belongings to the so- called Marzahn `rest place,' next to a garbage dump on one side and a cemetery on the other. Soon the rest place was enclosed with barbed wire. A de facto Gypsy concentration camp had been established in a suburb of Berlin. It was from Marzahn, and from other similar rest places soon set up near other German cities, that a few years later thousands of Sinti and Roma would be sent to the extermination sites in the East.
" (Friedlaender, 205) Work Cited Friedlaender, Saul. Nazi Germany and the Jews: (Volume One) The Years of Persecution, 1933-1939. New York: HarperCollins, 1997
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