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Title: The ghettoisation of the 'Jewish' community in Budapest during the Second World War
Author: Cole, T.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1997
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The focus for this study is the planning and implementation of policies of 'ghettoisation' in Budapest, from April 1944 through to January 1945. The weakness of contemporary historiography on the Hungarian Holocaust - and in particular the work of Randolph Braham which dominates the field - is that the implementation of ghettoisation is taken as a (German) Holocaust 'given'. However, this study suggests that the implementation of ghettoisation in Budapest, which did not occur until 1944, was far from uncontested and unproblematic. Indeed, it seems appropriate to challenge the historical orthodoxy, and to see ghettoisation being implemented - at least initially - not as the prelude to mass deportations, but in terms of a number of contested discourses. To argue thus, is to emphasise the role of city officials - largely ignored in much existing literature - who were involved in implementing ghettoisation policies. These officials are situated within the broader context of the triadic relationship between Berlin-Hungary-Budapest, with an attempt to tease out questions of where power lay within post-occupation Hungary. The study takes Budapest as the focus for an examination of the changing shape of - and changing meanings given to - ghettoisation during the course of 1944. From the basis of newly available archival material, it would seem that the meanings attached to ghettoisation were in a state of constant flux during the planning stage of April - June 1944. A number of discourses adopted in the context of planning ghettoisation are examined, including that of 'geo-strategy', which is seen by the historical orthodoxy as determining the 'dispersed' nature of ghettoisation implemented in Budapest in June 1944.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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