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 marginalization 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.
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