Forms of exclusion

The Nazi state gradually excluded the Sinti and Roma from all areas of public life and deprived them of their rights. Their everyday lives were increasingly shaped by discriminatory special provisions, with the relevant initiatives often triggered by the municipalities themselves. Local authorities and decision-makers readily placed themselves at the service of the Nazis’ ideological objectives.

Road sign in the Herford district, 1930s Herford Municipal Archives, photograph collection of Georg Heese
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01 | The house at Lederstrasse 34 in Reutlingen, where the Reinhardt family would later live. In February 1939, the municipal authorities tried in vain to expel the family from Reutlingen using an eviction order. The family was later deported to Auschwitz, where almost all of its members died. Reutlingen Municipal Archives, S 105/1 No. […]
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‘Deregistered on 15.3.43 to Auschwitz/Upper Silesia concentration camp’ 02 | Reutlingen Municipal Archives, T 10 Württemberg Police Directorate No. 115  
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Public appeal by the mayor of the town of Reutlingen, 9.6.1938  
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‘(…) I request that specific shopping hours and shops be set aside for gypsies.’ Letter from the Minden NSDAP [Nazi Party] dated 30 July 1942 LAV NRW OWL M 1 I P Nr. 1578  
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Sign in Minden, 1943
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