The simple truth is that what happened in Sanford, Florida, is a tragedy law cannot mend. It is a tragedy produced by our culture itself—a culture where racial divides and distrust remain as prevalent as they were when Rodney King, a black man, was beaten by white police officers in 1991, or when Abner Louima, another black man, was beaten and sodomized in 1997 by police officers in a Brooklyn police station.
Roma women and their children, Uštica, camp 1942.
Jasenovac is the third largest, and most horrific Nazi death camp of the Holocaust. The majority of inmates were Roma, Jewish, and Serbian. However, it is barely mentioned and barely remembered.
The accompanying documents did not list their names, only the number of people or freight wagons by which they were transported.
In July 1942, when the number of Roma arriving in the camp was at its highest, they were separated into two groups. The older men, women and children were separated from the younger men and immediately sent to be liquidated in Donja Gradina. The younger men were accommodated in Camp III C, set up in the open on the site of Camp III (Brickworks). Many died of hunger, dehydration, exhaustion and physical abuse. Some Roma were housed in the so-called Gypsy Camp in the village of Uštica, in the abandoned houses of murdered Serbian families.
Only a few Roma were assigned to work duties and given the hardest jobs, amongst which was grave-digging in Donja Gradina.
Almost no Roma who entered the camp, regardless of age or gender, survived. The figures of murdered Roma are the most controversial, save figures of Serbian casualties, and they range between 20,000 and 50,000.