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Monday, August 2, 1999 Published at 17:38 GMT 18:38 UK

World: Europe

Gypsy victims of Nazism remembered

Several hundred Gypsies from across Europe have attended a ceremony at the former death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau to commemorate Romany victims of Nazi persecution.

The ceremony took place on the fifty-fifth anniversary of the mass liquidation of all Gypsies detained in the camp on the orders of the Nazi police chief, Heinrich Himmler.

In total more than twenty-thousand Gypsies perished in the camp.

Speaking at the ceremony, the leader of Poland's Gypsy association, Roman Kwiatkowski, warned against discrimination against Romanies in Kosovo.

Thousands of Gypsies have left the province, fearing revenge attacks by ethnic Albanians who accuse the Romanies of being collaborators in Serb atrocities.

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