Date of Degree


Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name



Liberal Studies


Christopher Schmidt

Subject Categories

Holocaust and Genocide Studies | Jewish Studies


Holocaust memory, Transnational memory, Jewish studies, Diaspora, Memorials, Ghetto


This paper is the first component of my capstone on the comparative study of the ghetto of Rome and Łódź ghetto in Poland. This project hopes to examine the importance of collective and spatial memory, and how these factors play a crucial role in our connection and understanding of identity, locations, and memory formation. The following paper will display the similarities between the occupation of the ghetto of Roman from 1555 to the unification of Italy in 1870, and the Łódź ghetto operation during World War II (1939-1945). The paper will also touch upon the differences between today’s Roman Jewish quarter and the Łódź ghetto memorial. Both locations are essential to the collective memory of Jewish identity, while the spatial associations of each location are vastly different. The second component of the project is a website, which I have created on WordPress; through CUNY Academic Commons. The website follows the historical background that is set up in this paper, while also providing visual representation to the locations and ideas that are presented in this paper.

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