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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
Dickerson, James L.
Penutto, Concetta
Simunek, Michal
Hossfeld, Uwe
Müller, Miklós
Breidbach, Olaf
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Korean Journal of Medical History
Prometheus Books
De Gruyter Oldenbourg
Yale University Press
Monash University Publishing
Infectious diseases
Public health
Disease and diseases
Physicians; doctors
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Rush, Benjamin
Menzel, Karl Moriz
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
21st century
18th century
20th century
United States
Valencia (Spain)
World Health Organization (WHO)

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