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Porraimos

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We believe that "Porraimos: Europe’s Gypsies in the Holocaust," a new video release from The Cinema Guild, should be of interest to the readers of your publication or members of your organization. If you’d be interested in reviewing this one-hour documentary in your publication or on your website, we’d be glad to send you a VHS videotape.

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Porraimos: Europe’s Gypsies in the Holocaust

This historical video chronicles the Roma (Gypsy) Holocaust—Porraimos, or "the devouring." It is the first American documentary to expose how the pseudo-science of eugenics was used to persecute not only Jews, but also Gypsies. To the Nazis, Gypsies’ dark skin and nomadic ways made them "lives not worthy of life." Using interviews with Austrian, Czech and German Gypsy survivors (including the Jewish artist who was ordered by Joseph Mengele to paint portraits of Gypsy prisoners at Auschwitz), as well as photographs and films from the Reich Department of Racial Hygiene, this video reveals the oppression of the Gypsies—their registration and segregation, their sterilization, the medical experiments, and their eventual murder. Porraimos remembers Gypsy victims of the Holocaust—victims whose persecution has been all but forgotten.

Directed by Alexandra Isles

Color and B&W, 57 mins., VHS

Notable Video for Adults Citation

American Library Association Video Round Table

Four Stars (Excellent Rating) "Alexandra Isles’ gripping documentary should rightly take a revered place alongside the more extensive body of work detailing the Jewish Holocaust. Highly recommended."—Video Librarian

For review copies or further information, contact:

Gary Crowdus

The Cinema Guild, Inc.

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New York, NY 10016-7038

Phone (212) 685-6242 l Toll-Free 1 (800) 723-5522

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American Roma Home Page

American Gypsies and Travellers Home Page

SCGenWeb Home Page

Anyone with information on Gypsies in America please contact us.

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