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July 30, 2014

August 2nd is a day of remembrance for the 2,900 Roma and Sinti who were gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau on that day in 1944

August 2nd has been designated as the day of remembrance for the Gypsies (Roma and Sinti) who were gassed during a single night at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.  You can read about it in a news story here.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

August 2 is the official day of the remembrance of Roma victims of the holocaust. On the night of August 2, 1944, around 2,900 Roma and Sinti were killed in the gas chambers of the Auschitz-Birkenau camp.

The exact number of Gypsies, who were gassed on August 2, 1944, is unknown because the Germans did not keep records, nor names, of the victims who were killed in the gas chamber.  However, there were 4 gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau on that date, and it is possible that the gassing of all the Gypsies could have been accomplished in one night.

The only problem would have been the disposal of the bodies in a timely manner, since there were no morgues, in the gas chamber buildings, to store the bodies until they could be burned in the ovens. The undressing rooms and gas chambers were located in the rooms that were called morgues on the blueprints of the gas chambers.

I previously wrote about the gassing of the Roma and Sinti here.

Why were all the Roma and Sinti gassed in only one night?  What was the big hurry to get rid of the Gypsies after they had been imprisoned in a “family camp” for seventeen months?

Is it possible that the Gypsies were all deported, in a single night, out of the “family camp” to other concentration camps?  Could that be why a tourist cannot walk down a street today, anywhere in Europe, without being accosted by a Gypsy rudely demanding money?  Is that why tourists are advised to wear their backpack in the front of their body to prevent Gypsies from stealing from them?

Woman begging for money outside a church in Strasbourg, France

Woman begging for money outside a church in Strasbourg, France


  1. The Roma Gypsies seem to have quite a bit in common with the Jews as in it seems like nobody wants any of them any where.

    Comment by soulsearcher — August 1, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    • Blame it on their lying, cheating hearts. “You don’t know right from wrong…”

      “Someone’s goin’ to do you like you done me…”

      Comment by furtherglory — August 1, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

      • but you know what they’d say dont you ? it wasn’t me.

        Comment by soulsearcher — August 1, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

  2. The Roma are an ethnic group which migrated from the Indian sub continent to Europe in the middle ages . Until relatively recently they were concentrated in the Balkans but thanks to the new borderless Europe they can be found everywhere begging on the streets. The last time I was in Berlin they were to be found begging at every tourist attraction and they are heavily involved in street robbery and pick pocketing on the U Bahn.

    Comment by peter — July 30, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

  3. After the war, discrimination against Roma continued throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The Federal Republic of Germany determined that all measures taken against Roma before 1943 were legitimate official measures against persons committing criminal acts, not the result of policy driven by racial prejudice. follow the link and you can read the rest

    Comment by soulsearcher — July 30, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

  4. The thing with Jews is, seeing as most of them are descended from East Europeans, they are difficult to spot, and so you can claim that they all disappeared.

    Gipsies, on the other hand, stand out like a sore thumb. I’ve often wondered why there are so many of them in central/eastern Europe if they were all holocausted

    Comment by DB — July 30, 2014 @ 11:37 am

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