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University of Maine, Orono (Orono, ME 04473-1513)
Anne Kelly Knowles (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Anika Walke (Co Project Director: July 2018 to present)
Paul B. Jaskot (Co Project Director: July 2018 to present)
The Holocaust Ghettos Project: Reintegrating Victims and Perpetrators through Places and Events

The creation of a spatial model of 1,400 Jewish ghettos during the Holocaust that maps the locations of victims and perpetrators and extracts content from interviews about the experience of living in ghettos, allowing scholars to analyze the relationships between perpetrators and victims using geospatial methods.

This project will implement a place-based model of the Holocaust to bridge the long-standing divide in Holocaust Studies between victims and perpetrators by locating them together in places targeted by ghettoization. We will do this by combining three approaches from the digital and spatial humanities. First, we will create an historical GIS of 1,400 ghettos, extracting key information from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s authoritative Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos. This will enable the first systematic, comparative analysis of Jewish ghettos, forced labor, and mass murder in Eastern Europe, 1939-1945. Second, we will use methods from corpus and computational linguistics to extract and analyze content related to ghettoization in 1,800 transcripts of video interviews with Holocaust survivors from USHMM and the USC Shoah Foundation. Third, we will employ geovisualization as a mode of analysis and to convey the relationships we find between Nazi actions and victims’ experiences.

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Project fields:
European History; Geography; Jewish Studies

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

$296,455 (approved)
$296,455 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2022