The Roma

The Roma people generally known as gypsies are a wide group of ethnic people who live all over the world. Throughout their history,however, the Roma people have been subjected to many different persecutions. This may have to do with the fact that many people disagree with the Roma people's nomadic lifestyle and differences in language and culture. They also are viewed as thieves who are unfit for work and live off of welfare systems. For these reasons they are persecuted in many different places today. Many different places have also tried to assimilate the Roma people into their mainstream cultures but the Roma tend to live in camps together. Many different places have tried to get them to adapt to the towns and cultures that they have lived in. This causes many people to protest for the removal of the Roma and to get rid of their existence in the towns altogether. The people in the towns complain to thier government systems about the existence of the Roma in the towns.
A specific example of Roma persecution would be thier persecution by the Nazis in World War II. The Nazis, as they did with other groups as well, attempted a genocide on the Roma people. The Nazi's were dissatisfied with the unemployment rate among the Roma and attempted to boost it by forcing those who were unemployed into concentration camps. Roma children couldn't go to school and the Roma were considered second-class citizens. Many were put into concentration camps and those who weren't were forced to leave Germany and go to unoccupied territory in Poland. The camps were, of course, full of death, disease, and malnutrition. The Roma were forced to wear black triangles tagging them as 'asocial' or green triangles which tagged them as professional criminals. The Roma women were sterilized because they were seen as unfit to have children and many died of malnutrition, disease, and the gas chambers. It is estimated that between 500,000 to 600,000 Roma were killed during the Holocaust and most of them occured at Aushwitz.

Roma girls in Aetolia, Greece


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