Above: The gate of Auschwitz
Today is the anniversary of a sad day in world history, a Holocaust anniversary most of us likely have never heard of.
On November 15, 1943 SS chief Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi’s key architect of the Holocaust, issued orders that had Romanies (the Roma People; Gypsies) and “part-Romanies” put “on the same level as Jews” with regard to the Nazi’s attempt to achieve Aryan purity and “placed in concentration camps,” the Times of Israel reported.
Just as the Nazis planned to exterminate all Jews, they planned to exterminate all Romanies, who were both declared “enemies of the race-based state” under the Nazi’s Nuremberg laws.
The Porajmos (“devouring or destruction”) in Romani, what we call the Holocaust in English or the Shoah in Hebrew, slaughtered almost every Romani in Nazi-controlled Europe.