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Genocide of Roma and Sinti


In their language, the Roma call the years of extermination, during the Second World War, Porrajmos (which literally means "Great devouring" or "Destruction"), or Samudaripen, that is: "all dead". We will probably never know exactly how many Roma and Sinti people were killed: more than a million, according to the most recent estimates.

Although unprecedented in its brutality, the Porrajmos, as the Shoah, was not unexpected.


Like the Jews, the Roma too had for centuries been perceived as "strangers" and "different" from the rest of Europeans, cynically considered by political and religious leaders as the cause of the evils of the communities in which they found themselves passing through.
Over the years, we have collected articles and reflections about this episode.