This presentation examines the spatio-temporal patterns of Jewish family arrests during the Holocaust in Italy from a GIScience and historical geographical perspective. The starting point for my work is the GIS of the Holocaust in Italy (Giordano and Holian 2014). Using arrest data for individual victims and family groups, this study explores how patterns of forced migration and deportation varied during the Holocaust. More specifically, analysis of spatio-temporal proximity of arrests using the Knox index suggests a high vulnerability of families to round-ups carried out by Germans during Fall 1943. Additionally, I will discuss how the nationality of the victims and the nationality of the perpetrators affected the spatio-temporal proximity of individuals and family arrests.
This post reproduces the abstract and the slides from a paper co-authored with Alberto Giordano entitled “Spatio-temporal patterns of Jewish family arrests during the Holocaust in Italy” that was presented at the 2015 SWAAG-AGC conference.