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ghetto

A term with its origins in eastern Europe, used to designate the part of town occupied by Jewish citizens. Now the term ghetto is used to describe any urban area suffering significant deterioration, often predominated by one or a very few ethnic or racial groups. Disputes often arise regarding whether lenders, insurers, and other service providers are engaged in illegal discrimination when they redline these neighborhoods, or whether they are assessing risks based on the quality of the infrastructure and not on any judgments regarding the inhabitants.
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In early 1941 the Nazis decided that Terezin, surrounded by walls and a moat and with a prison and barracks, was ideal for a Jewish ghetto.
Donatella Calabi summarizes the range of variation in the relationship between Jews and cities in the Mediterranean area to ask questions about the selection of the site, the ownership of buildings, and the organization of space in Jewish ghettos.
Born two years apart, Yip Harburg and Jay Gorney had their roots in the Jewish ghettos.
About how many Jewish ghettos did the Nazis establish?
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