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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

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

Tim Cole

University of Chicago Press

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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