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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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Wirth's study emphasizes that Jewish ghettos were not originally established in response to discrimination but instead reflected a desire on the part of Jews for community.
The emergence of Jewish ghettos in Venice was based on the concern of protecting their goods and lives against attacks by bigots.
Hunger for the printed word: Books and libraries in the Jewish ghettos of Nazi-occupied Europe.
The images available online at The Jewish Virtual Library under "The Concentration Camps Today," for example, show camp barracks as well as the Appellplaetze where inmates would assemble for roll call, work detail, punishment, and executions, and elsewhere at that site, maps of Polish cities show the changing borders of the Nazi-engineered Jewish ghettos described in the novel ("Jews in Poland").
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.
The ensuing depictions of Jewish ghettos makes for interesting reading.
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