A8 Fatal Stereotype

In the 19th century, stereotypes of Roma and Sinti became commonplace in newspapers, books and photographs. So-called “Gypsy” postcards became very popular in the fi rst half of the 20th century. They refl ected people’s longings for a free way of life. Most people, who had never had any personal contact with Roma or Sinti, derived their ideas about them from illustrations like this.

Czech postcard from the early 20th century.
1910 - 1930