A group of children in the Rivesaltes internment camp (France 1941-42)
I just spent hours looking through the United States Holocaust Museum “Gypsy” archives. You know what upsets me? Not only the fact that they throw around the word “Gypsy” so freely, but the fact that below each photograph is an extensive account of the Jews and their experiences in the internment camp in question - even though the photographs contain Roma (or Sinte).
This photograph for example, talks extensively about the photographer (Bohny-Reiter, Friedel. Journal de Rivesaltes 1941-1942) which I have not one problem with.
Out of the WHOLE 956 words, only the LAST 56 discuss Roma and even then as “Gypsies” and only as an aside:
Only Roma (Gypsies) were allowed to live in family units. Internees suffered from malnutrition, disease from surrounding swamps, and exposure to heat and cold. Rivesaltes ceased functioning as an internment camp in November 1942, following the deportation of most of the Jewish prisoners to Auschwitz (via Drancy), and the transfer of the Gypsies to other camps.
Where are OUR stories? Where are OUR words? Who cares about US?