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Hitler's GeographiesThe Spatialities of the Third Reich$
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Paolo Giaccaria and Claudio Minca

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226274423

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226274560.001.0001

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Geographies of Ghettoization: Absences, Presences, and Boundaries

Geographies of Ghettoization: Absences, Presences, and Boundaries

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(p.266) 12 Geographies of Ghettoization: Absences, Presences, and Boundaries
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Hitler's Geographies
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Tim Cole

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226274560.003.0013

This chapter situates ghettoization within Nazi imperial plans for the east, exploring the ways in which ghetto fences separated off Jewish and non-Jewish space. In part, ghettoization functioned as act of removal and 'clearing' which created judenfrei territory for ethnic Germans within a rewriting of the urban and rural landscapes of the East. But ghettoization also entailed concentration of Jewish populations within segregated living quarters in urban centers - the creation of Jewish presences (and not only absences). The chapter explores the profound spatiality of ghettoization as a way in to examining shifting Nazi intentions and Jewish and non-Jewish experiences.

Keywords:   Jewish ghetto, ghettoization, Nazi spatial segregation, urban planning, Judenfrei spaces

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