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Theresienstadt: A Geographical Picture of Transports, Demography, and Communicable Disease in a Jewish Camp-Ghetto, 1941–45 (2020)


The Nazi ghetto system was one of the principal vehicles for the persecution of Jewish and other peoples in German-occupied Europe in World War II. Transport and confinement—twin pillars of the ghetto system—were intrinsically geographical matters that operated on scales from the international to the local and that shaped the demographic and epidemiological character of ghettos across Eastern Europe. This article uses geographical techniques of map-based visualization and spatial analysis to portray the demographic and epidemic history of the Nazi “model” camp-ghetto at Theresienstadt (Terezín) in the former German Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, 1941–45. Our study reconstructs the space-time pattern and demographic structure of transports of Jewish prisoners to the ghetto and their association with substantial outbreaks of communicable diseases in the ghetto. The study highlights the importance of a geographical approach to an understanding of the demographic and public health impacts of both the Holocaust and other genocidal events.

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Authors & Contributors
Stambolis, Barbara
Packard, Randall M.
Hlade, Josef
Halplin, Ross
Engel, R.
Hájková, Anna
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Medicina Historica
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Der Urologe
Social History of Medicine
Medizinhistorisches Journal
De Gruyter Oldenbourg
Stanford University Press
Cambridge University Press
Public health
Infectious diseases
Disease and diseases
Menzel, Karl Moriz
Latta, Thomas Aitchison
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Mayhew, Henry
Finlay, Carlos Juan
Andrade, Nuno Ferreira de
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
18th century
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

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