Life Before The Holocaust


-This photo was taken from the USHMM gallery. This is a family posing in front of their wagon peacefully.

Many Sinti and Roma traditionally worked as craftsmen, such as blacksmiths, cobblers, tinkers, horse dealers, and toolmakers. Others were performers such as musicians, circus animal trainers, and dancers. By the 1920s, there was also a small, lower-middle class of shopkeepers and some civil servants, such as Sinti employed in the German postal service. The numbers of truly nomadic Gypsies were on the decline in many places by the early 1900s, although so-called sedentary Gypsies often moved seasonally, depending on their occupations. The Romani seemed to live out their lives happily even after the first initial anti-Gypsy laws were created under The Weimar Republic. The people were always sort of targets or the butts of jokes as they were not widely accepted or understood by the other people groups due to their diverse lifestyle, culture, and language. The stereotypes never bothered The Romani until the stereotypes led into laws being created to inhibit their lifestyle.