On their arrival at the ‘General Government of Poland’, the deported Sinti and Roma – even the children and the elderly – were forced to carry out the heaviest of hard labour in the camps and later on in the ghettos, guarded by the SS. Their everyday lives were characterised by hunger, cold, diseases and brutal mistreatment. Countless people were executed by firing squads.
A few Sinti and Roma managed to escape and survive in hiding in occupied Poland, in permanent danger. Others tried to make their way back to Germany. But most of them were arrested while on the run.