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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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Mayer Amschel Rothschild refused to be limited by the steep walls of the Judengasse, and began to amass his fortune by selling rare medals and coins.
In her latest novel, Clare, 44, has used Hoffmann's real hospital as a background for her fictitious story of a girl from the Judengasse (Jewish ghetto) deemed to be mad after she sinks into stupefaction following the loss of her baby.
In the Museum Judengasse I saw an impressive exhibition of lifesized photographs of sit-down demonstrations to persuade wavering officials to develop the ghetto site.
I think of Krichev, of Mazyr, and of the Judengasse of Lyudenevichi, about which my grandmother told me; of religious ideas and fears handed down from generation to generation; of my great grandfather, who walked on foot from village to village in order to offer his services as a glazier; of this isolated, backward, poverty ridden, and yet so rich world of Eastern Jewry, which was obliterated, and in spite of that, remains a touchstone in the collective memory of its descendants.
The custom may have been connected with the belief found at least in some Reich cities that "unlike Jewish persons, Jewish space could be `truly' converted"; see Mary Minty, "From Judengasse to Christian Quarter," in Popular Religion in Germany and Central Europe, 1400-1800, eds.
This quote is part of his autobiography, Dichtung und Wahrheit (Poetry and Truth), published in 1811, in which he portrayed the Judengasse of Frankfort.
FRANKFURT Museum Judengasse, Grisha Bruskin: Fragmente einer endlosen Sammlung.