This book concerns the persecution of the Sinti and Roma in Germany during the Second Empire (1871–1918) and Weimar Republic (1919–1933). It traces the ways in which discriminatory treatment towards 'Gypsies' developed in a state ostensibly committed to individual liberty and equal treatment under the law, and how government policies in this period furthered their economic marginalisation and social exclusion.
It will provide much-needed detail on a crucial period, one which is ordinarily addressed only fleetingly, and by way of introduction, to studies of how the Sinti and Roma communities were treated by National Socialists.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Persecution in the Rechtsstaat: Gypsy policy 1871–1933; 2. Communicating the fight against Gypsies to police and officials; 3. Gypsy child abduction scares; 4. Registering Gypsies; 5. Workhouses and borstals; 6. Itinerant Sinti and Roma and local communities; Conclusion
Simon Constantine is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.