Romanies and the Holocaust: A Re-evaluation and Overview

  • Ian Hancock


Miriam Novitch refers to the motives put forth to justify the murder of the Romanies, or ‘Gypsies’, in the Holocaust, but in her small but groundbreaking book she is only partly right: both Jews and Romanies did indeed share the status — along with the handicapped — of being targeted for elimination because of the threat they were perceived to pose to the pristine gene pool of the German Herrenvolk or ‘Master Race’; but while the Jews were considered a threat on a number of other grounds as well, political, philosophical and economic, the Romanies were only ever a ‘racial’ threat.


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