Razzia

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The word razzia was borrowed via French from Algerian Arabic ghaziya غزية "raiding", and can mean:

  • Ghazw, referring to wars associated with the expansion of Muslim territory
  • Can refer to large scale police raids (especially in a negative context) or the rounding up of large numbers of people
  • Occasionally used for certain military raids, such as the raiding tactics applied by French forces in Algeria in the 19th century
  • Razzia (film), an East German movie from 1947
  • Razzia Records, independent record label based in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Razzia (artist), French poster artist
  • Razzia!, a mafia-themed release of the board game Ra
  • Razzia, a board game by Stefan Dorra, published by Ravensburger
  • Name used by the Dutch & Germans during WW II for intense localized raids by German troops looking for Jews or resistance fighters. During such actions a street or a block or houses would be completely encircled and each house, person and vehicle would be searched by groups of the Wehrmacht and or SS while others troops kept the perimeter secure to prevent escapees, see Roundup (history).