cudza Roma – "foreign Roma". Roma who belong over the (flexible)
amare Roma border.
In the course of history, it has often happened that
"foreign Roma" either came to or, for some reason, were forced into, a locality where
settled Roma lived with their non-Roma neighbours. They usually upset the balance of cohabitation between
Roma and non-Roma. The entire Roma community often suffered for the occasional transgressions of
One of many examples of this is the flood of Sinti
and Roma to Bohemia when their lives were threatened by Nazism in Germany at the end of the 1930's. In the
new, unknown land, they had no opportunity to make a living with their traditional crafts and were forced to
beg, some even to steal. The result was an escalation of anti-Gypsy measures which affected all Roma.
Repeated experiences throughout history have led to the fact that relations between
amare Roma and cudza Roma have become, a priori, filled with
suspicion and even enmity.
Reserved relations towards foreign Roma have also come from traditional distances
between castes. This tradition has its roots in India.