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Subject: Holocaust Almanac: "Gypsies, too, must die!"
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Keywords: Auschwitz,Birkenau,Gypsy,Einsatzgruppen,Himmler,Treblinka 

Archive/File: camps/auschwitz gypsies.01
Last-modified: 1993/03/05

"For Nazi Germany the Gypsies became a racist dilemma. The Gypsies were
Aryans, but in the Nazi mind there were contradictions between what
they regarded as the superiority of the Aryan race and their image of
the Gypsies...

At a conference held in Berlin on January 30, 1940, a decision was taken
to expel 30,000 Gypsies from Germany to the territories of occupied

The reports of the SS Einsatzgruppen [special task forces] which
operated in the occupied territories of the Soviet Union mention
the murder of thousands of Gypsies along with the massive extermination
of the Jews in these areas.

The deportations and executions of the Gypsies came under Himmler's
authority. On December 16, 1942, Himmler issued an order to send all
Gypsies to the concentration camps, with a few exceptions...

The deported Gypsies were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where a special
Gypsy camp was erected. Over 20,000 Gypsies from Germany and some
other parts of Europe were sent to this camp, and most of them were
gassed there...

Wiernik described the arrival of the largest Gypsy group brought to
Treblinka, in the spring of 1943:

`One day, while I was working near the gate, I noticed the Germans
and Ukrainians making special preparations...meanwhile the gate opened,
and about 1,000 Gypsies were brought in (this was the third transport
of Gypsies). About 200 of them were men, and the rest women and
children...all the Gypsies were taken to the gas chambers and then

Gypsies from the General Government [Poland] who were not sent to
Auschwitz and to the operation Reinhard camps were shot on spot by
the local police or gendarms. In the eastern region of the Cracow
district, in the counties of Sanok, Jaslo, and Rzeszow, close to
1,000 Gypsies were shot..." (Arad, 150-153)

According to the The Institut Fuer Zeitgeschicthe, in Munich, at least 
4000 gypsies were been murdered by gas at Auschwitz-Birkenau. 
(See victim.count, Holocaust Almanac)

                          Work Cited

Arad, Yitzhak. Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka - the Operation Reinhard 
Death Camps.  Indiana University Press, 1987. ISBN 0-253-3429-7

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