Reinhard Florian (1923-2014)
Reinhard Florian was born in a Sinti family in Matheninken, East Prussia. As a “Gypsy,” Reinhard was not allowed to learn a trade and was assigned to forced agricultural labour.
In 1941, Reinhard was arrested by the Gestapo and eventually deported to Bialystok ghetto. Reinhard endured harsh conditions in several concentration camps in the years that followed and, in January 1945, he was forced on a death march to Loslau. From there Reinhard was again deported to Mauthausen and the Ebensee subcamp.
After the liberation, Reinhard learned that, besides his father, only one of his eight brothers and sisters had survived the war.
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