The Roma (also Romany, Romanies, Romanis, Romani or Gypsies) are an ethnic group with origins in South Asia, probably India. The Romani are widely dispersed with their largest concentrated populations in Europe, but also in the Americas and, to a lesser extent, in North Africa and Asia.

They are more popularly known as Gypsies, based on the mistaken belief that they originated from Egypt.

Historically, Roma have lived on the fringes of society and were subject to persecution. Along with the Jews, they were among the prime targets of the 1940s Holocaust.

Roma in In the Presence of Mine EnemiesEdit

The Roma of Europe were systematically destroyed by the Greater German Reich in much the same manner as the Jews. By the 21st century, it was believed that the Roma were all dead. As secret Jews survived in the very heart of the Reich, some Roma may have also been hiding in plain sight.

Roma in "Shtetl Days"Edit

The government of the Greater German Reich wiped out the Roma after the War of Retribution just as it wiped out the Jews. Nonetheless, Romania recreated a Gypsy camp as a tourist attraction, much as Germany had recreated shtetls in various provinces.

Roma in The War That Came EarlyEdit

In the aftermath of "the big switch" of 1940, which saw France and Britain join with Germany against the Soviet Union, Peggy Druce could help but wonder if the French government might decide to persecute the Gypsies living in France, including the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, as a sop to their new Nazi allies.[1]


  1. The Big Switch, pg. 345.

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