Roma mark holocaustat Auschwitz

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WARSAW - Some 500 Roma representatives from across Europe gathered at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp Monday to mark 60 years since the Nazis liquidated the so-called "gypsy camp", by gassing to death some 3,000 Roma men, women and children. "It is extremely important for those who visit such places to have broader information about the thousands of murdered Roma," leader of Poland's Roma Association, Roman Kwiatkowski, said, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency. Poland's Deputy Prime Minister Iz

WARSAW - Some 500 Roma representatives from across Europe gathered at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp Monday to mark 60 years since the Nazis liquidated the so-called "gypsy camp", by gassing to death some 3,000 Roma men, women and children.

"It is extremely important for those who visit such places to have broader information about the thousands of murdered Roma," leader of Poland's Roma Association, Roman Kwiatkowski, said, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.

Poland's Deputy Prime Minister Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka and Roma leaders laid floral tributes at a monument to the Roma victims and lit candles as they gathered in silence at the ruins of crematorium V in the camp where 60 years ago to the day 3,000 Roma were gassed.

Six million European Jews and an estimated half of the one million Roma living in pre-war Europe were slaughtered by the Nazis between 1939-44.

Of the 23,000 Roma taken to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp between 1941-44 only 2,000 survived. A total 1.5 million people, mostly European Jews, perished at the camp, the largest and most notorious in the German Third Reich.

Roma from Austria, Germany and Nazi-occupied Czech territories were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau on the orders of Nazi SS-head Heinrich Himmler.

Many Roma prisoners died of starvation and disease, while some, especially children, were subject to the pseudo-medical experiments of infamous Auschwitz physician Josef Mengele.

Today, an estimated 8 million Roma live in Europe.

DPA

Subject: German news

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