What happened in the ghetto?

Per.3 Natalie P, Maya A, Mariyah G, Aimee C, Brentley M.

What's a ghetto?

The term “ghetto” originated in 16th-century Venice where it was used to refer to the Jewish quarter. As medieval restrictions on Jewish residence spread across Italy and beyond to central and western Europe, the word “ghetto” followed, referring to the section of the city where Jews were forced to live.During World War II, the Nazis established more than 400 ghettos in order to isolate Jews from the non-Jewish population and from neighboring Jewish communities. The Germans regarded the establishment of ghettos as a provisional measure to control and segregate Jews. The assumption behind this separation was to stop the Jews, viewed by the Nazis as an inferior race, from mixing with and thus degrading the superior Aryan race. The ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe–primarily Poland–were often closed off by walls, barbed-wire fences, or gates.

Three types.

There are three types of ghettos: closed ghettos, open ghettos, and Destruction ghettos. In closed ghettos they were enclosed by walls that were built to keep them in the area so they couldn’t leave. They were many people over flowing the ghettos and they were often unsanitary conditions. In a open ghettos they had no fences or walls keeping them there but they could not just enter and leave as they pleased. In a destruction ghettos they were tightly sealed and they often were all gone within 2-6 weeks before the germans either deported them or shot them there in ghetto.



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