Oh, you black bird [electronic resource] : the forgotten holocaust of the Romanies / by B. Rychik for Czech Television.
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- Academic Video Online.
- New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2001.
1 online resource (59 min.).
- Romanies -- Nazi persecution.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities.
- Documentary films.
- This edition in Czech with English subtitles.
- Although it is acknowledged that the Gypsies were the victims of the Nazi scourge, this downtrodden group has seldom told its story to the outside world. When seventy year old Romany, Helena Malikova revisits Auschwitz where more gypsies met their end than anywhere else, she shares with us her bitter memories. The terrorist measures against the Romanies went back to a decree issued by the Reich President February, 1933, to the effect that the Romanies were among the "worthless" or "Gaunerpopulation." By December, 1938, Himmler had ordered the extermination of the Gypsy nuisance. Nazi doctors appraised each person for racial composition and determined who would go to an extermination center and who was to be crowded into a cold, barren work camp to suffer starvation and disease. The film also bears witness to the incredible disrespect the Communist regime had for the Romanies: a pig farm and a recreation center were built on the sites of the former concentration camps. The Gypsies put their suffering into mournful songs which survive today. The film is laced with their music and their memories.
- Originally released as DVD.
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011).
- Alexander Street Press.
Ce?ská televize (Prague, Czech Republic)
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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