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img420This very important book Bury Me Standing by Isabel Fonseca was published in 1995. It is a great piece of literature, and first of all a genuine history of Gypsy culture and life. Too little to late, Eastern Europeans have discovered they hold enormous prejudices towards Gypsies. This book should be required reading in all schools. Bury Me Standing also has an extensive bibliography.

img421Did you know, for example, there are Kalderash Rom? There was a Polish Gypsy King by the name of Janusz Kwiek? Have you ever heard of the Polish gypsy singer and poet Papusza?

Watch this 1937 historical movie clip of the Coronation in Poland of a Gypsy King.

Did you know there are approximately twelve million Gypsies without a “homeland”, a western term that has no bearing on the way Gypsies look at life, and the world that has showed nothing but disdain towards them, many were slaughtered by the Nazis.

Gypsy peoples have been despised, yet loved for their music and musicians.,In a world that readily stereotypes, the record album The Gypsy Wanderlust shown below, from our own archives containing “odd” things, was produced in 1958. There is an unusual story behind the making of these records.

camera 11 080camera 11 081 camera 11 082 camera 11 083record backA superb violin performance of the Hora Staccato piece of music was performed by the great violinist Jascha Heifetz on this YouTube video that we would like to share with you.

Please visit and enjoy our other posts about GYPSIES at Josef Koudel and His Gypsies and the Gypsies a Photo Book.