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Information material for the general public: 

(Auto)Biographies:

Leapman, M. (1988). Witnesses to war: eight true-life stories of Nazi persecution. New York: Viking.

Vishnevsky, V. (2006). Memories of a Gypsy. Chverly, Md: Salo Press. [Original in Portuguese]

Novels:

Doughty, L. (2004). Fires in the dark. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. [There are translations into Czech and Turkish]

Florence, R. (1985). The gypsy man. New York: Villard Books. [There are translations into Spanish and Greek]

Laher, L. (2006). Heart flesh degeneration: a novel. Riverside: Ariadne Press. [Original in German]

Hackl, E. (1991). Farewell Sidonia. New York: Fromm International Pub. [Original in German]

Harris, Ch. (2008). The gypsy in my soul : a gripping wartime story of love, loss, hope, and survival: a novel. New York: iUniverse.

Moor, M. de (2001). Duke of Egypt. New York: Arcade Pub.

Ramati, A. (1986). And the violins stopped playing: a story of the gypsy holocaust. New York: F. Watts. [Published in the UK in 1985. There are some translations]

Music:

Ferenc Snétberger performanced the concert "In memory of my people" on the 30 January 2007 in the headquarters of the UNO in New York.

Film festival:

The 2009 International Roma / Gypsy human rights film festival of New York had a special section related to documentaries about the Genocide of the Roma.

Exhibition:

The exhibition "The Holocaust against the Roma and Sinti, and present day racism in Europe" was hold on the 30 January 2007 in the headquarters of the UNO in New York, in partnership with the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma. On the same day Ferenc Snétberger played the concert "In memory of my people".

Holocaust Remembrance Day:

The UNO - whose headquarters are in New York City - organised the Holocaust Remembrance Day on the 27 January 2010. The activities included remembrance of the Genocide of the Roma, for instance a statement of Andrew Mirga, representative of Roma and Sinti issues in the OSCE. For more information, click here for listening to a presentation and for listening the Secretary-General's message.

Institution:

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is an active institution concerning the study, interpretation and remembrance of genocide and the Holocaust during the Second World War. Its exhibitions and works always include information regarding the Samudaripen.

The museum holds a permanent exhibition on the Holocaust, and offers several online exhibitions on the topic, including pictures, videos and bibliographies.

The Holocaust Encyclopedia – available in many languages – is a useful tool to get a rich variety of information, for instance the topic “Genocide of European Roma”.

There is also an education department, which offers many ressources to teachers and students and helps teachers to teach this topic.

Furthermore, this institution is in charge of remembrance days and holds the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, which offers fellowships and organises conferences.

In partnership with other institutions and museums, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum has developed a Genocide Prevention Task Force to respond to emerging threats of genocide and mass atrocities. It published a report.

 

Testimonies:

Petra Gelbart:
Born in Czechoslovakia, Petra Gelbart is a granddaughter of Romani Holocaust survivors. An ethnomusicologist, musician, and singer, Gelbart uses both her research and her voice to educate and advocate for Holocaust remembrance of Romani victims. Audio and written indirect testimony
 
Lucie Adelsberger:
Adelsberger, L., Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Story. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995. (DS 135 .G5 A33313 1995) A memoir by a Jewish female physician shipped to Auschwitz and put to work in the infirmary of the camp’s Gypsy section. Includes descriptions of some of the medical experiments performed on Gypsy prisoners and the conditions they faced in the camps.
 
Hans Braun:
Braun, H. “A Sinto Survivor Speaks.” In Papers from the Sixth and Seventh Annual Meetings, Gypsy Lore Society, North American Chapter, edited by Joanne Grumet, 165-171. New York: The Society, 1986. (DX 103 .G97 1984) An autobiographical account of one Gypsy survivor’s experiences in the Holocaust. Includes stories of his attempts to evade the Gestapo and his eventual capture. Also reports on the deaths of his family members in Auschwitz.
 
Ina Friedman:
Friedman, I. R., “Bubili: A Young Gypsy’s Fight for Survival.” In The Other Victims: First-Person Stories of Non-Jews Persecuted by the Nazis, 7-24. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. (D 811 .A2 F759 1990) [Find in a library near you (external link)] Written for young adults. Relates the story of Bubili, an Austrian Sinti arrested by the Germans and sent to Dachau. Additional personal narratives tell of Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, deaf people, homosexuals, blacks, and other non-Jews who suffered at the hands of the Nazis before and during World War II.
 
Petra Gelbart:
Born in Czechoslovakia, Petra Gelbart is a granddaughter of Romani Holocaust survivors. An ethnomusicologist, musician, and singer, Gelbart uses both her research and her voice to educate and advocate for Holocaust remembrance of Romani victims. Audio and written indirect testimony
 
Julia Lentini:
Lentini, J., Sinti and Roma Survivor: Deprivation and Perseverance. A member of a large, close-knit Sinti and Roma family, Julia Lentini recounts in her testimony the persecution she and her family experienced at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. The lesson’s theme, Deprivation and Perseverance, reflects Julia’s efforts to assert her humanity and spirit in the midst of suffering and deprivation.
 
Toby Sonneman:
Sonneman, T., Shared Sorrows: A Gypsy Family Remembers the Holocaust. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press, 2002. (D 804.5 .G85 S65 2002) [Find in a library near you (external link)] Tells the story of a Gypsy family against the backdrop of a Jewish one, detailing and examining their shared sufferings under the Nazis. Based on interviews the author had with Rosa Mettbach, a Roma survivor living in Munich, who describes the experiences of her and her family during the Holocaust. Includes excerpts from those interviews and numerous photos. Also includes end notes and an index.
 
Jan Yoors:
Yoors, J., Crossing: A Journal of Survival and Resistance in World War II. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971. (D 810 .G5 Y66 1971) [Find in a library near you (external link)] Recounts the author’s experiences as the adopted son of a Gypsy family and as a resistance fighter in Nazi-occupied Europe, pursued, imprisoned and beaten by the Gestapo.
 

Art:

Milton, S. The Story of Karl Stojka: A Childhood in Birkenau. Washington, DC: United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 1992. (N 8217 .H6 M55 1992) A catalogue of twenty paintings created by Karl Stojka, a Roma survivor of the Holocaust. Begins with an introductory essay about Karl Stojka and his family in the context of the fate of Austrian Gypsies between 1938 and 1945. Includes a glossary of terms, a chronology of the persecution of German and Austrian Gypsies, and suggestions for teachers who might want to use the work as a classroom resource.

Stojka, K. Gas. Wien: K. Stojka, 1996. (Oversize ND 511.5 S87 A4 1996) A catalogue of ninety-one colored paintings portraying life in the camps by Karl Stojka, a Roma survivor of the Holocaust. Includes a short biography of the artist, a summary of the Nazi persecution of Sinti and Roma, a brief essay about the artist's work, and a chronology of his exhibits. Text in both German and English.