REL 296
The History of the Holocaust Fall 2016 Division II; Cross-listed as HIST338 / REL296 / JWST338
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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#: 1577
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a map quiz, four papers (4 pages) based on class readings, and a final research paper (6-8 pages)
Prerequisites: none; open to first-year students with instructors permission
Enrollment Preference: History majors and Jewish Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia; JWST Core Electives

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