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New Book: The Suffering of the Roma in Serbia during the Holocaust (Pisarri)


“The action started early morning, like the previous day at Jatagan mala, at Čukarica and Žarkovo. Around four o’clock, the German army surrounded the entire area, after which the gendarmes and policemen went from house to house and took away the men, saying that they are going to a hearing at the local gendarmerie station after which they would shortly return home, or would be taken to Ada for felling trees. Although they found the majority asleep, some had already known they would be taken away, probably because news about the raids carried out the previous day in neighbouring areas had spread over Marinkova bara too. In those chaotic moments, some tried to hide under the bed or at a neighbour’s, but they too were found or snitched on and taken away by force.”

There is an alarming void in historiography when it comes to dealing with the Second World War: the Roma genocide. Apart from a few exceptional efforts and writings that mostly come from the Roma community, the general scientific community is united by a broad ignorance towards the suffering of the Roma during the Holocaust and Serbia in this regard makes no difference.

The study about the suffering of the Roma in Serbia during the Holocaust was published by the Forum for Applied History Belgrade in Serbian and English language as part of the project “School of Remembrance”.

The research and publication were kindly supported by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Southeast Europe.

A pdf of the English version of the book is available at: http://www.fpi.rs/blog/wpcontent/uploads/The-Suffering-of-the-Roma-in-Serbia-during-the-Holocaust-e-book.pdf

The Serbian version is available at: http://www.fpi.rs/blog/wp-content/uploads/Stradanje-Roma-u-Srbiji-za-vreme-Holokausta-e-book.pdf

The author: Milovan Pisarri (1980) received his doctorate in history at the University of Venice in 2011. His research interests are the Holocaust, the genocide against Roma, anti-fascism and the issue of the civilian population under occupation. He publishes articles in international journals and regularly participates in scientific conferences in Serbia and abroad. He is currently seeking for a job.