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The History of the Holocaust
/ JWST 338
/ REL 296
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.
Format: lecture; mostly discussion
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
class participation, weekly reading responses, a map quiz, two papers (5-7 pages) on class readings, a final research paper (10-12 pages)
none; open to first-year students with instructors permission
History majors and Jewish Studies concentrators
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
JWST Core Electives