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Unformatted text preview: John Xu The articles Locating the Victims: An Overview of Census-Taking, Tabulation Technology and Persecution in Nazi Germany , and Locating the Victims: The Nonrole of Punched Card Technology and Census Work , primarily focus on the topics of the development of tabulation technology and how it applied, or did not apply, in the case of the second article, to the Nazi campaign, referring specifically to the identification and persecution of Jews. The first article argues that the efficiency of the punch card tabulators not only allowed for record census processing speeds as evidenced in 1933, but also allowed for the identification of Jews and even people who were only partially Jewish. As the article states, “The 1939 census enabled Himmler and Heydrich to identify populations of nonaffiliated, nonpracticing Jews and persons of part- Jewish descent who had eluded earlier registration attempts” (Luebke, 31). Finally, the machines were also involved in the process of deportation of Jews as the Hollorith machines were operated “with the assistance of prisoner clerks” (Luebke, 35). Kistermann takes a different stance on the involvement of the tabulator during Nazi Germany....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course S&TS 3551 taught by Professor Ratcliff,j during the Fall '07 term at Cornell.
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