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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But to be denied food, the love of your family, poor health and suffering so unbearable its hard to talk about.

Otto will leave the camps unable to speak about his experiences and re-enter society as a voice for his people.It remains vital that the stories of Holocaust survivors are told and heard, regardless of whether they are alive or not. At the age of 9, Otto Rosenberg was living a simple but happy life, this is until the Nazis tore his family away from their home. Without giving too much away this was a book that had to be written, we need more books about Roma and Sinti, they deserve to be known and the stories to be heard.

The informal tone of this extraordinarily moving memoir means that although the subject matter is difficult, the words flow in a conversational style which is very readable. The first moment was reading these words, “The world is full of terrible people, but there are always a few good men among them. There was an element of luck too, of course and throughout the book there are times when it is evident just how close to death he became. He works, scrounges food whenever he can, witnesses and suffers horrific violence, and is driven close to death by illness more than once. I don’t want to talk too much about what is in the book because I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone else.Michael Grobbel notes the book's 'colloquial and at time laconic style', as a result of the book staying true to its oral origins, and explains how Rosenberg discusses the continued 'persistance of racial intolerance after 1945'. 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. He was 9 when he was sent to the Roma and Sinti camp in Marzahn, ahead of the 1936 Olympic Games, and 16 when he was sent to Auschwitz.

I’ll start with Otto’s early memories; they were so heart warming to read and the cheeky chappy that Otto was brought a few smiles to my face. Author, Otto Rosenberg, was nine when Sinti were rounded up in Berlin and placed in ghettos, years prior to their being transported and imprisoned en masse in concentration camps. I don’t normally read memoirs or biographies, I mostly read fiction novels, and this book is so different to anything that I’ve ever read, yet this little book will probably have a bigger impact in how I see the world and how grateful I am for everything we have got than ten 300 page novels could ever have.

Everyone should learn and know more about the Sinti and Roma people they’re a remarkable part of history that can be so easily forgotten about due to how many lives were lost. While I have read many books about the Holocaust over the years I have never read anything like this one before. Otto is still free to go in and out of his camp, but he will struggle to explain the actions of the adults in his life. He was sentenced to three months and three weeks in youth detention for sabotage - and theft of Wahrmacht property.

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