Welcome to Robert Dawson Gallery Site
NOTE ABOUT REPRODUCTION
I AM HAPPY FOR PEOPLE TO REPRODUCE IMAGES FROM THIS SITE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING. I HAVE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ON THE MAJORITY OF THE IMAGES. MANY ARE UNIQUE. ANY ITEMS REPRODUCED FROM THIS SITE MUST STATE: "Reproduced by courtesy of the Robert Dawson Romany Collection." Some images may also be copyright and users must clear copyright for themselves - I cannot give that consent.
On this site are a range of pictures of Gypsies and other Travellers in history, the UK and elsewhere. It is still under construction and will be for a long time to come. When I can I am including additional information but often the pictures speak for themselves.
They have been accumulated over a 50 year period (mainly in the last 30) and some are very rare or even unique. Please note tat though a minority of these pictures are widely available, I have the only copy for some and may hold the intellectual property rights. Others are copyright other people (such as Barrie Law). So if you want to use them somehow or in something, you must obtain permission first. A fee may be involved depending on what they are required for. I have also donated some 500 originals of the Gypsy Holocaust to the National Holocaust Centre at Laxton, Notts.
Aad Wagenaar’s moving book and exceptionally important book SETTELA, very ably translated into English by Janna Eliot, is now out. £7.99 plus £2.01 p&p = £10.00 Soft-back, approx. 120 pages
Send a cheque, made payable to
R L Hollands, to:
Lamorna Publications, Yew Tree Studio, Marshwood, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5QF
THE BOOK WILL BE SENT TO YOU, FIRST CLASS
Aad Wagenaar, a leading Dutch journalist, was haunted by the image of a young girl looking out from a boarded up cattle train – she appears for no more than seven seconds in a film of a forced exodus. The train was bound for Auschwitz.
Wagenaar was so touched by this image that he determined to discover her identity. Who was she and did she survive?
In this book, first published in Dutch in 1995, Wagenaar recounts his tireless search for the truth. After visiting the Westerbork transit camp in Holland, and searching the war archives in Scheveningen and Amsterdam, and meeting Jewish Auschwitz survivors, he finds the Dutch Sinti (Gypsy) community…..and the answer to his quest. That iconic face belonged to a Sinti girl known as Settela. She did not survive but was, at just nine years old, murdered at Auschwitz.
The book was translated into English by Janna Eliot and published in 2005 by Five Leaves Publications with an Afterword by Dr Ian Hancock who writes on the Holocaust (Porrajmos – the Devouring - in Vlax Romani) as it affected Romani and Sinti people.
When Five Leaves Publications decided to withdraw the book, SETTELA, was about to go out of print . However, thanks to Janna Eliot’s campaign to save the book from the obscurity Settela herself suffered for so many years, Lamorna Publications took up the baton.
SS and Romanies on Photos
Many photos show Romanies with Nazi solders. I had always assumed these were simply casual encounters but a detailed examination of 89 such photos show that in 50 such photos, the Romanies are with SS soldiers and in 9 more believed to be so.
March 2016: The death certificate below is from one of the labour sub camps at Auschwitz - not the Gypsy camp, proving the presence of Gypsies other than in the Gypsy camp. I have obtained several more, plus punishment sentences of mainly Austrian Sinti or Roma from Gross-Rosen plus a few permissions to go to the camp brothel, again mainly Austrian. I have more to go up to do with the genocide of Romanies but time and my health situation work against me.