Blessed with the birth of two sons, they looked forward to the next — until she was told she had been sterilized without her knowledge by the very doctor who delivered her son. The horrifying discovery led to the slow realization that she was not alone, and that many Roma women like herself had been involuntarily sterilized in hospitals in the Czech Republic. Pleas to officials not only fell on deaf ears, but added insult to injury. At the time I had no idea what that meant as I was in great pain. I began to cry. I was only 21 years old and we wanted to have a little girl.
Pig farm over former Roma concentration camp [interview]
Introduction to Roma in the Czech Republic
The Roma minority is one of ethnic minorities in the CR. The census registered a total of 13, Roma inhabitants, Roma language as their native language or one of the native languages stated 40, inhabitants. Roma people came to Central Europe and the territory of today's CR from the late 14th century. Roma in the CR are among the groups most affected by social exclusion, with all the negative consequences of this phenomenon low education, high unemployment and crime. There is generally strong anti-Roma mood among the Czech public with many anti-Roma strikes and demonstrations recently. In the Czechoslovak Government Act of wandering gypsies was issued, which allowed police to keep records of nomadic and to some extent also settled Gypsy population. Since Gypsies were monitored, prohibited free movement, many were imprisoned and deported to concentration camps.
Forcibly sterilised Roma women to be compensated by Czech government
Elena Gorolova right says the operation was not explained to her "I was sterilised when I was 21", says Elena Gorolova, an ethnic Roma Gypsy woman living in Ostrava in the east of the Czech Republic. She is one of 80 Roma women in this pretty and quiet Czech town who claim they were coerced into sterilisation in the Czech health system. Elegant and articulate, year-old Elena describes how her stay in the maternity ward 16 years ago left her emotionally and physically scarred for life.
Anti-Gypsyism has a long and bloody history in Czech lands. We know from historical sources that the first Roma families arrived to the country in the fifteen century. The explanation given was that Roma people are spies of the Ottoman Empire which was at war with Austria-Hungary at that time. This decree was ineffective; Roma did not leave as they did not want to leave the country where they had been living for a couple of hundred years. Another decree declared all Roma criminals and made the killing of Roma males legal.