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A gypsy in Auschwitz
Rosenberg, Otto, 1927-
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London : London House, 1999.
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157 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm
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D804.5.G85 R67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This stark reminiscence is a haunting account of life as a gypsy during the Third Reich. Rosenburg's tale of horror will touch many hearts and place in the long and tortured record of the Gypsy Holocaust.

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Rosenberg was born in East Prussia in 1927 and was taken to live with his grandmother in Berlin when he was a few months old. In recalling his childhood, Rosenberg relates how gypsies lived in caravans, the women went begging and fortune-telling, and the men wove baskets, made tables and chairs, and decorated cabinets. In 1936, Berlin's gypsies were sent to a detention camp in Germany. When he was 15, Rosenberg was taken to a prison where he spent four months in solitary confinement. He was then sent to Auschwitz and from there to the gypsy camp in Birkenau. In 1944 Rosenberg, along with 917 other gypsies, was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. From there he was taken to Dora concentration camp. Rosenberg tells of being beaten and forced to perform senseless, backbreaking labor, of becoming ill and suffering from hunger, thirst, and freezing cold. His memoir was first published in Great Britain. The idiom and flavor of the original German text have been preserved in the work's English translation. --George Cohen