The Survivors

It was mostly young people aged between 20 and 30 who survived the concentration camps. Small children and the elderly usually had no chance in the brutal conditions. Most of the survivors were scarred for life by their experiences. But for many decades after the war, the Roma and Sinti were not recognised as victims of racist persecution. Most Roma and Sinti survivors had to wait for decades before compensation payments - for imprisonment, for permanently damaged health and confiscated property - were awarded to them.