Selected Publications


Edited Volumes


Geographies of the Holocaust BookGeographies of the Holocaust

Edited by Anne Kelly Knowles, Tim Cole, and Alberto Giordano
Indiana University Press, 2014

This book explores the geographies of the Holocaust at every scale of human experience, from the European continent to the experiences of individual human bodies. Built on six innovative case studies, it brings together historians and geographers to interrogate the places and spaces of the genocide. The cases encompass the landscapes of particular places (the killing zones in the East, deportations from sites in Italy, the camps of Auschwitz, the ghettos of Budapest) and the intimate spaces of bodies on evacuation marches. Geographies of the Holocaust puts forward models and a research agenda for different ways of visualizing and thinking about the Holocaust by examining the spaces and places where it was enacted and experienced.

Table of content

1. Geographies of the Holocaust / Alberto Giordano, Anne Kelly Knowles, and Tim Cole
2. Mapping the SS Concentration Camps / Anne Kelly Knowles and Paul B. Jaskot, with Benjamin Perry Blackshear, Michael De Groot, and Alexander Yule
3. Retracing the “Hunt for Jews”: A Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Arrests during the Holocaust in Italy / Alberto Giordano and Anna Holian
4. Killing on the Ground and in the Mind: The Spatialities of Genocide in the East / Waitman W. Beorn, with Anne Kelly Knowles
5. Bringing the Ghetto to the Jew: The Shifting Geography of the Budapest Ghetto / Tim Cole and Alberto Giordano
6. Visualizing the Archive: Building at Auschwitz as a Geographic Problem / Paul B. Jaskot, Anne Kelly Knowles, and Chester Harvey, with Benjamin Perry Blackshear
7. From the Camp to the Road: Representing the Evacuations from Auschwitz, January 1945 / Simone Gigliotti, Marc J. Masurovsky, and Erik Steiner
8. Afterword / Paul B. Jaskot and Tim Cole




Holocaust Landscapes

Holocaust Landscapes

Tim Cole
Bloomsbury, 2016

Holocaust Landscapes is a book of genuine originality and imagination. The theme is the places of the Holocaust, the Holocaust as place-making event for both perpetrators and victims. Through special concepts such as distance and proximity, Professor Tim Cole tells the story of the Holocaust through a number of landscapes where genocide was implemented, experienced, and evaded--many of which have subsequently been forgotten in the post war world. Drawing on survivor's narratives, Holocaust Landscapes moves between a series of ordinary and extraordinary places and the people who inhabited them throughout the years of the Second World War.

Starting in Germany in the late 1930s, the book shifts chronologically and geographically westwards, ending in Germany in the final chaotic months of the war. These landscapes range from the most iconic (synagogue, ghetto, railroad, camp, attic) to less well known sites (forest, sea mountain, river, road, and displaced persons camp). Holocaust Landscapes provides a new perspective surrounding the shifting geographies and stories of this dark period in world history.


Chapters in books


Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture

Interview with Anne Knowles, Tim Cole, Alberto Giordano, and Paul B. Jaskot, Contributing Authors of Geographies of the Holocaust

Interview by Claudio Fogu and Todd Presner

In Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture
Edited by Claudio Fogu, Wulf Kansteiner and Todd Presner
Harvard University Press, 2016


Hitler's Geographies

Geographies of Ghettoization: Absences, Presences and Boundaries

Tim Cole

In Hitler's Geographies: The Spatialities of the Third Reich
Edited by Paolo Giaccaria and Claudio Minca
Chicago University Press, 2016


Zalc Microhistories

Microhistories, Microgeographies: Budapest, 1944 and Scales of Analysis

Tim Cole and Alberto Giordano

In Microhistories of the Holocaust
Edited by Claire Zalc and Tal Bruttmann
Berghahn Books, 2016


Lessons and Legacies XI

Rethinking Segregation in the Ghetto: Invisible Walls and Social Networks in the Dispersed Ghetto in Budapest, 1944

Tim Cole and Alberto Giordano

In Lessons and Legacies XI: Expanding Perspectives on the Holocaust in a Changing World
Edited by Hilary Earl and Karl A. Schleunes
Northwestern University Press, 2014


Journal Articles

Knowles, A.K. and Hillebrand, J. with Jaskot, P.B. and Walke, A., 2020. Integrative, Interdisciplinary Database Design for the Spatial Humanities: the Case of the Holocaust Ghettos ProjectInternational Journal of Humanities and Arts, 14(1-2), pp. 64-80.

Le Noc, M., Giordano, A., and Cole T. 2020. The Geography of the Holocaust in Italy: Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Arrests for Families and Individuals and a Conceptual Model. The Professional Geographer.

Jaskot, P.B. and van der Graaff, I., 2017. Historical Journals as Digital Sources: Mapping Architecture in Germany, 1914–24. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 76(4), pp. 483-505.

Jaskot, P.B., 2017. Commentary: Art-Historical Questions, Geographic Concepts, and Digital Methods. Historical Geography, 45, pp. 92-99.

Burleson, S. and Giordano, A., 2015. Extending Metadata Standards for Historical GIS Research: A Case Study of the Holocaust in Budapest and the Armenian Genocide in Turkey. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (IJAGR), 6(4), pp.88-109.

Knowles, A., Westerveld, L., and Strom, L., 2015. Inductive Visualization: A Humanistic Alternative to GIS. GeoHumanities 1(2), pp. 233-265.

Jaskot, P.B., Knowles, A.K., Wasserman, A., Whiteman, S. and Zweig, B., 2015. A Research-Based Model for Digital Mapping and Art History: Notes from the Field. Artl@ s Bulletin, 4(1), pp. 66-74.

Cole, T., 2015. (Re)Placing the Past: Spatial Strategies of Retelling Difficult Stories. Oral History Review, 42(1), pp.30-49.

Cole, T., 2014. “Nature Was Helping Us”: Forests, Trees, and Environmental Histories of the Holocaust. Environmental History, 19(4), pp.665-686.

Cole, T., 2013. Holocaust roadscapes: Retracing the" death marches" in contemporary Europe. Cahiers de géographie du Québec, 57(162), pp.445-459.

Giordano, A. and Cole, T., 2011. On place and space: Calculating social and spatial networks in the Budapest Ghetto. Transactions in GIS, 15(s1), pp.143-170.

Beorn, W., Cole, T., Gigliotti, S., Giordano, A., Holian, A., Jaskot, P.B., Knowles, A.K., Masurovsky, M. and Steiner, E.B., 2009. Geographies of the Holocaust. Geographical Review, 99(4), pp. 563-574.


Open Access Publications

Jaskot, P. and Knowles, A. 2017. Architecture and Maps, Databases and Archives: An Approach to Institutional History and the Built Environment in Nazi Germany. The Iris: Behind the Scenes at the Getty.

Knowles, A., 2016. A More Humane Approach to Digital Scholarship. Parameters: Knowledge Under Digital Conditions, Social Science Research Council.




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