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A Gypsy In Auschwitz: How I Survived the Horrors of the ‘Forgotten Holocaust’

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No punishment or accountability, instead the victims were victimised further by having to watch the guilty live without the burden of trauma, and what's worse they have to live with the murderers among them.

Otto survived what many didn’t and went onto to create his own family and through his daughter shared this harrowing timeline from his youth. A heartbreaking yet captivating memoir from Otto Rosenberg, following his journey of being captured into the concentration camps and how he managed to gain his freedom. As the war progresses, an act of kindness was "as though the sun had suddenly burst out from behind a cloud. Readers unfamiliar with Sinti or Roma culture might miss the references to hygiene laws such as "You can imagine the smell. After reading Witold Pilecki's report on his time in Auschwitz-Birkenau gathering information on the camp, I have enough background knowledge to fill in the gaps of what happened to Otto Rosenberg that he didn't say.Otto told his story to Ulrich Enzenberger and the result is a memoir which feels very personal; the translation by Maisie Musgrave ensures his voice comes across clearly throughout. He was sentenced to three months and three weeks in youth detention for sabotage - and theft of Wahrmacht property. It was certainly great deal of luck and he believed a protective hand held over him, shielding him from harm.

What's equally important is the intergenerational trauma - epigenetic trauma is fascinating and tragic. I felt indignant and understood how authorities can leave you powerless, if it’s in their best interest.He also considers the difficulties of having so many people of different nationalities and languages crammed in together. A child who lost his family and friends, and yet despite his age was brave enough to try and stand up for himself and others by joining a revolt against his captors. This memoir makes me appreciate what we have, plenty of food, warmth, our freedom and peace so much more, and I will appreciate it more and more every day and never take anything for granted. He is just a little boy so when a shiny object catches his eye, he tries to steal it to play with it.

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