• Susan Seligson

    Susan Seligson has written for many publications and websites, including the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Yankee, Outside, Redbook, the Times of London, Salon.com, Radar.com, and Nerve.com. Profile

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  1. Many of thousands of Roma have fought as soldiers in wars Helios Gomez was a soldier and an artist on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War. Many tens of thousands of Roma served in WW2 in the Soviet Army. Pavel Yakovlevich was a pilot and ended the war as a Air Force general Aother one was named Baurov he was a musician turned soldier who was promoted to a colonel for leading his company across the Oder river into Germany, many received medals and many died. Jan Reshitnikov was a Russian general as well as a lawyer who is widely credited with ending the second Chechen War and for governing with restraint and building ties with the Chechen community. He was killed by a terrorist in his house in front of his family in 2004. Roma were also in the British and US armies in WW2, WW1 and today no doubt, my great grandpa was in the US army in WW2. Roma fought in The Yugoslav Partisans. Roma also fought in the Bosnian and Kosovo War mostly on the pro Yugoslavia side. Some would argue that war is unnatural and against human nature, I tend to think so but Roma are no less capable of fighting as anyone else. Perhaps it is more people doubt Roma can be disciplined. That is where the racist stereotypes come in.

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