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Solving the Nazi question


“Compared with the massive record of murder, theft, kidnapping and other crimes by non-Gypsies against Gypsies throughout history, Gypsy crime against non-Gypsies pales almost into insignificance, so that to prioritize the study of the latter over the former shows a twisted sense of values.”

Thomas Acton, Professor of Romani Studies,

University of Greenwich, London, England

by Damian Le Bas

Crimes against Gypsies outweigh crimes committed by Gypsies. This is a statement that will not only shock most European readers, but probably enrage them, and be rejected at once as absurd. It’s so absurd we don’t even need to interrogate it. Do we? People feel they understand the “Gypsy menace”: they might have experienced a genuine grievance at some point in their life, and feel they therefore have a sense of “Gypsy crime”. They might find the arguments of the new, post-multicultural political right convincing. Plenty of people do. After all…

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