Romani should be free to do as they like, but please God not near me

From Hergé, The Castafiore Emerald (1963)

From Hergé, The Castafiore Emerald (1963)

That is what most Europeans think, writes Dalrymple.

Everyone is at least subliminally aware of the Nazi attempt to exterminate the gypsies which has made the exertion of authority over them, let alone high-handedness with them, politically and psychologically near impossible.

Dalrymple encounters one of their settlements, and

I averted not so much my gaze as my thoughts from the problem, as being impossible to solve within the bounds of the ethically permissible.

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