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Porraimos: Europes Gypsies in the Holocaust
This historical video chronicles the Roma (Gypsy) HolocaustPorraimos, 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 Gypsiestheir registration and segregation, their sterilization, the medical experiments, and their eventual murder. Porraimos remembers Gypsy victims of the Holocaustvictims 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
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