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The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies

The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies

by Guenter Lewy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195142403

ISBN-13: 9780195142402

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Roaming the countryside in caravans, earning their living as musicians, peddlers, and fortune-tellers, the Gypsies and their elusive way of life represented an affront to Nazi ideas of social order, hard work, and racial purity. They were branded as "asocials," harassed, and eventually herded into concentration camps where many thousands were killed. But

Overview

Roaming the countryside in caravans, earning their living as musicians, peddlers, and fortune-tellers, the Gypsies and their elusive way of life represented an affront to Nazi ideas of social order, hard work, and racial purity. They were branded as "asocials," harassed, and eventually herded into concentration camps where many thousands were killed. But until now the story of their persecution has either been overlooked or distorted.
In The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies, Guenter Lewy draws upon thousands of documents—many never before used—from German and Austrian archives to provide the most comprehensive and accurate study available of the fate of the Gypsies under the Nazi regime. Lewy traces the escalating vilification of the Gypsies as the Nazis instigated a widespread crackdown on the "work-shy" and "itinerants." But he shows that Nazi policy towards Gypsies was confused and changeable. At first, local officials persecuted gypsies, and those who behaved in gypsy-like fashion, for allegedly anti-social tendencies. Later, with the rise of race obsession, Gypsies were seen as a threat to German racial purity, though Himmler himself wavered, trying to save those he considered "pure Gypsies" descended from Aryan roots in India. Indeed, Lewy contradicts much existing scholarship in showing that, however much the Gypsies were persecuted, there was no general program of extermination analogous to the "final solution" for the Jews.
Exploring in heart-rending detail the fates of individual Gypsies and their families, The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies makes an important addition to our understanding both of the history of this mysterious people and of all facets of the Nazi terror.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195142402
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: A History of Oppression and Maltreatment 1(16)
I. The Prewar Years: A Three-Track Policy 17(48)
1. Track 1: Harassment Stepped Up
17(7)
2. Track 2: Crime Prevention
24(12)
3. Track 3: Confronting an "Alien Race"
36(20)
4. The Special Case of the Austrian Gypsies
56(9)
II. A Tightened Net (1939-1942) 65(70)
5. "Security Measures" and Expulsions
65(19)
6. Creating Social Outcasts
84(23)
7. Detention and Deportation from the Ostmark (Austria)
107(10)
8. The Killing of "Spies" and Hostages in German-Occupied Europe
117(18)
III. A Community Destroyed (1943-1945) 135(64)
9. Deportation to Auschwitz
135(17)
10. Life and Death in the Gypsy Family Camp of Auschwitz
152(15)
11. Gypsies in Other Concentration Camps
167(14)
12. Gypsies Exempted from Deportation
181(18)
IV. After the Disaster 199(30)
13. Victims and Perpetrators
199(19)
14. Conclusion: The Course of Persecution Assessed
218(11)
Abbreviations and Glossary 229(3)
Notes 232(43)
Bibliography 275(22)
Index 297

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