HIST 338
The History of the Holocaust Fall 2019
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 338 / JWST 338 / REL 296

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In twenty-first century United States, the murder of approximately six million European Jews by Nazi Germany remains a central event in our political, moral, and cultural universe. Nevertheless, the Holocaust still confounds historians¿ efforts to understand both the motivations of the perpetrators and the suffering of the victims. In this course, we will study the origins and unfolding of Nazi Germany¿s genocidal policies, taking into consideration the perspectives of those who carried out mass murder as well as the experiences and responses of Jews and other victim groups to persecution. We will also examine the Holocaust within the larger context of the history of World War II in Europe and historians¿ debates about Germany¿s exterminatory war aims. Course materials will include diaries, speeches, bureaucratic documents, memoirs, films, and historical scholarship.
The Class: Type: mostly discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 20-25
Class#: 1251
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, weekly reading responses, a map quiz, two papers (5-7 pages) on class readings, a final research paper (10-12 pages)
Prerequisites: none; open to first-year students with instructors permission
Enrollment Preferences: History majors and Jewish Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 338 Division II JWST 338 Division II REL 296 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
JWST Core Electives

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