On Dec. 16, 1942, SS-Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler

On Dec. 16, 1942, SS-Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler issued a decree for the deportation of all Roma from the Greater German Reich to a special family compound in Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Under this decree, the German police deport nearly 18,000 Roma to Auschwitz in February 1943.German