Holocaust made some communities richer: 'knee-deep into money' and 'wading in notes, currency, precious stones, jewelry'

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Holocaust made some communities richer: 'knee-deep into money' and 'wading in notes, currency, precious stones, jewelry'

Postby Kleon_I XYZ Contagion » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:14 pm

- Europe: Property stolen during the Holocaust made some communities richer, even 70 years later, The Washington Post, 08/08/2017
(Evgeny Finkel and Volha Charnysh):
https://archive.is/wETgA

(...) Our research examines how communities were affected by property transfers during the Holocaust, one of the largest and best-documented cases of mass violence and plunder. During this time, some non-Jewish Europeans took over the homes, businesses and other property of the Nazis’ victims.

We study the effects of plunder at the Treblinka death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, where 850,000 to 900,000 Jews were murdered between 1942 and 1943. Believing Nazi assurances that they were sent to perform agricultural labor in Ukraine, many Jews took valuables with them. After they were gassed, their property -jewelry, golden dental work, money, clothing, tools and even hair- was collected, sorted and sent to Germany.

At Treblinka, plunder occurred at a gargantuan scale: the camp’s Nazi commandant Franz Stangl spoke of stepping “knee-deep into money” and “wad[ing] in notes, currency, precious stones, jewelry, clothes.”

Even though the Nazis worked hard to secure all the loot, some Jewish valuables ended up in the hands of the local population. At first, some locals traded with the camp guards, who amassed considerable wealth and paid “without even counting the bills.” When the camp closed in October 1943, some people began digging through graves at the camp site to find valuables missed by the Nazis.

In accounts from the area, observers often described the scene with terms like “Eldorado,” “Klondike,” and “gold rush.”

How did this change local communities? (...)

We found that proximity to Treblinka is associated with newer and better housing stock. The closer to the death camp, the higher the share of homes built in the post-World War II period and of roofs made of sheet metal, a more expensive material than other roof options, as measured by the 1988 Census. For example, in communities within 15 km of Treblinka, 45 percent of dwellings on average had metal roofs; in communities 16-35 km away, that was 38 percent of dwellings; and in communities 35-50 km away, just 25 percent. All these communities were economically similar before the war, and wartime destruction cannot explain these patterns.


- The Death Camp Eldorado: Political and Economic Effects of Mass Violence
by Volha Charnysh and Evgeny Finkel

Forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, 68 pages
http://charnysh.net/documents/CharnyshF ... blinka.pdf

Abstract:
Transfer and redistribution of wealth accompany most violent conflicts throughout the world, yet the local-level political and economic effects of this phenomenon remain unexplored. We address this omission by examining the long-term impact on the surrounding communities of the Nazi death camp Treblinka in Poland, where nearly a million Jews were murdered. The assets of murdered Jews sometimes ended up in the hands of the local population. We are able to identify the enduring impact of these property transfers on local economic and political outcomes because the exact location of Treblinka was exogenous to the characteristics of surrounding communities. We find that communities located closer to the camp experienced a real estate boom but do not exhibit higher levels of economic and social development. These communities also showed higher support for an anti-Semitic party, the League of Polish Families. Our findings speak to an important but overlooked challenge to post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.
According to experts and scholars, the 10 stages of every genocide are
Classification Symbolization Discrimination Dehumanization Organization Polarization Preparation Persecution Extermination
... and finally the 10th stage:
Denial
http://www.genocidewatch.org/genocide/t ... ocide.html

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Re: Holocaust made some communities richer: 'knee-deep into money' and 'wading in notes, currency, precious stones, jewe

Postby Jeffk 1970 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:33 pm

Thanks!!! I thought about doing something on this, you've saved me the trouble.



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