Professor gets funding to map Holocaust

  • Texas State researcher brings new tools, new questions to bear on a much-studied event.

SAN MARCOS — Alberto Giordano’s interest in the Holocaust is both personal and professional.

The personal part: His ancestors participated in the Italian resistance, the grass-roots movement against Nazi occupiers and native fascists during World War II.

The professional part: Giordano is a geographer, and the Holocaust — the systematic persecution and murder of 6 million Jews by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime and its collaborators — has never been analyzed with the computerized tools of modern geography.

That is about to change. The National Science Foundation has awarded $430,000 to Giordano, an associate professor at Texas State University-San Marcos, and Anne Knowles, a geographer at Middlebury College in Vermont who also specializes in computer-assisted historical geography, to conduct a two-year study focusing on four aspects of the Holocaust: the evolution of the concentration camp system, the deportation of Jews from France and Italy, life inside the Budapest ghetto and the death marches from Auschwitz.


By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
Thursday, October 02, 2008

Webmaster note: Any chance he’ll find a Nazi gas chamber?