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Ghetto/Ghetto formation/Ghettoization

In the Middle Ages, the term “ghetto” referred to a segregated area where a town’s Jewish population was forced to live in isolation from the Christian population. During the Second World War the National Socialists created segregated areas in occupied Eastern European cities where the Jewish population was forced to live until they were deported to concentration camps. Today, the terms “ghetto”, “ghettoization” or “ghetto formation” are is often evoked in a discriminatory way to describe socially disadvantaged areas in German cities or areas, in which a large number of minorities, people with a migration background and/or socially disadvantaged people live.