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History of the Holocaust (3 cr)       
Mark Roseman
JSTU-J 323 (8039)/ HIST-H 323 (7916)
TR 11:15-12:05 (WY 005)
Discussion:  M 10:10 -11 (8040/7917); T 1:25-2:15 (8041/7918); W 12:20-1:10 (8044/7919); F 10:10 -11 (10893/10877)
CASE S&H; CASE GCC; credit given for only one of J323 or HIST-B 323

More about this class! Professor Roseman speaks on "A Different Approach" and "Challenging Assumptions" to the History of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust has a firm presence in our imagination, memorialized through diaries, memoirs, film and fiction, and through monuments and museums. Yet an image has established itself that often bears little resemblance to the reality. The Holocaust was not one event, and the term Holocaust established itself only some decades later. As monstrously evil as it was, we will not understand it by simply seeing it as the product of “evil men.” Participation took many forms, and by-standing and collaboration were often as important as signing documents and pulling the triggers. The Holocaust drew on wider ideas and policies that were not restricted to Hitler or to Germany. Nor we will not understand the victims’ response if we simply see them as lambs to the slaughter. They evaded, resisted, collaborated where they had to, and sought to maintain a semblance of life to the end. This course will look at the origins, implementation, experience, and consequences of this most seminal of 20th century genocides.

Weekly reading will involve a blend of primary and secondary sources. The course is assessed by mid-term, final exam, and research paper.

Required purchases:
Doris Bergen, War & Genocide: A Concise History Of The Holocaust Rowman and Littlefield 3rd ed isbn 978-1442242289

Jürgen Matthäus with Emil Kerenji, Jewish responses to persecution 1933-1946. A source reader Rowman & Littlefield 2017, 978-1-5381-0175-9