Dozens of people paid tribute to the victims of the Roma Holocaust in Hodonin u Kunštátu - Exactly 69 years ago yesterday, the largest transportation from Hodonin u Kunštátu to the extermination camp at Auschwitz took place. Originally a “disciplinary” camp for people who could not prove a legal source of livelihood, which of course included most Romani people, it became a transit camp - a stopover on the way to the “death” camps. However, in August 1942, a “Gypsy” camp was opened here and all other prisoners were released. Thousands of Romani were forced into overcrowded barracks without electricity or water. Typhus and other diseases quickly spread, killing more than 200 people. The survivors of these diseases awaited an even worse fate - transportation to Auschwitz. On 21 August, 1943 the largest of these occurred with over 730 Romani being taken to the death camp. One third of all inmates of Hodonin u Kunštátu were children.
In the years of communism following the war, Hodonin u Kunštátu was a labour camp for “those avoiding work” (again, the majority were Romani) and it was not completely cleared until recently.