“We are forced to take about 5000 Gypsies into the ghetto.I’ve explained that we cannot live together with them.Gypsies are the sort of people who can do anything. Firstthey rob and then they set fire, and soon everything is inflames, including your factories and materials.” - Mordecai Chaim Rumkowsi November 1, 1941
Who are the “Gypsies,” andwhere do they come from?
“There had been no beds or bunk beds.Straw thrown on the floor and coveredwith rags served as a bed - for howmany? Thirty? Forty? One hundredinhabitants of this ant-hill? It wasshocking.” -- Arnold Mostowicz, Physician, Lodz Survivor and Author of With a Yellow Star and A Red Cross: A Doctor in the Lodz Ghetto
“The butcherallowed thevictims towatch eachother.”Arnold Mostowicz
“None of those Gypsies survived….The wires wererolled up, the blood traces on the walls painted over, no traces of crime…” - Sara Zyskind, Holocaust s survivor and author of The Light in the Valley of Tears.
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