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Monday, August 02, 2004

Europe's Gypsies remember the Holocaust

Sixty years ago, on the night of 2-3 August 1944, the "Gypsy camp" at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was liquidated after the last group of 2,897 Romany inmates there was gassed.

Gypsies from across Europe met at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland today to remember hundreds of thousands of their ancestors killed by the Nazis and call for wider recognition of the Gypsy Holocaust. The ceremony, exactly 60 years after the night the Nazis gassed the final 2,900 Gypsies being held in the camp, also heard warnings that the Sinti and Roma continue to face persistent discrimination, especially in eastern Europe.

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