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By Anne Kelly Knowles, Tim Cole, Alberto Giordano

This ebook explores the geographies of the Holocaust at each scale of human event, from the eu continent to the stories of person human our bodies. equipped on six leading edge case stories, it brings jointly historians and geographers to interrogate the locations and areas of the genocide. The circumstances surround the landscapes of specific locations (the killing zones within the East, deportations from websites in Italy, the camps of Auschwitz, the ghettos of Budapest) and the intimate areas of our bodies on evacuation marches. Geographies of the Holocaust places ahead types and a examine time table for various methods of visualizing and pondering the Holocaust by means of analyzing the areas and areas the place it was once enacted and experienced.

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Some camps held only male prisoners during one period and then added women, or vice versa. The nationalities of inmates changed, as did their forced labor. A few camps changed location during their operation. Some opened and closed, then opened again. The administrative body responsible for some camps changed over time. ” Writing history does not require that every kind of information one uses be recorded consistently, according to a set of rules. Building a database, however, forces one to confront the inconsistencies and incompleteness of the historical record or, as in our case, even the most thorough, comprehensive secondary source.

Determining what they actually did is the job of empirical research. This is where we see the greatest potential for geographical methods to contribute to our understanding of the Holocaust. It is a theme that other chapters in this volume address as well – the difference between ideology and action, plans and implementation. We close with a thought that has often been on our minds as we researched the camps and discussed our work with various audiences. If one is accustomed to thinking about concentration camps from the victims’ perspective, the kind of mapping we have discussed in this chapter may seem to dehumanize the Holocaust somewhat.

We saw mapping the stages of the camp system’s evolution as a means of illuminating its emerging structure, which we hoped would help us perceive its spatial logic. The synoptic view that GIS provides would also enable us to compare the characteristics of hundreds of camps at once. 9 The scale of the system and its chronological and geographic variability make 20 Knowles and Jaskot, with Blackshear, De Groot, Yule Vaivara Riga-Kaiserwald Kauen Stutthof Neuengamme Ravensbrück Sachsenhausen Bergen-Belsen Warschau Arbeitsdorf Herzogenbusch Wewelsburg Buchenwald Mittelbau Lublin Gross Rosen Krakau-Plaszów Natzweiler Auschwitz Flossenbürg Hinzert Dachau Mauthausen Territorial boundaries as of June 30, 1943 comparison difficult.

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