Human rights groups dedicated a memorial Saturday to the half million Gypsies systematically murdered during the Nazi Third Reich.
At a ceremony in the Ravensbrueck concentration camp, Romani Rose, chairman of the Central Committee of German Sinti and Roma, called for society to work vigorously against all forms of discrimination and isolation.
Rose said virtually every Gypsy family lost at least one relative during the Nazi terror against Jews, Slavs and others deemed racially inferior.
The Ravensbrueck camp for women and children was a center for exterminating Gypsies, Rose said. Many were forced to undergo grisly medical experiments or perform forced labor before they were killed.