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Course Description

History of the Holocaust (3 cr)
Irit Dekel
JSTU-J 323 (6307)/ HIST-H 323 (10669)
MW 1:50-2:40 (BH 104)
Plus discussion: F 10:20-11:10 (6308/10670); R 1:50-2:40 (6309/10673); R 12:40-1:30 (6310/10674); F 1:50-2:40 (8189/10675)
CASE S&H; CASE GCC; credit given for only one of J323 or HIST-B 323

The Holocaust has been memorialized through diaries, memoirs, film, monuments and museums. Yet our image often bears little resemblance to the reality. As monstrously evil as the Holocaust was, we will not understand it by simply seeing it as the product of "evil men." By-standing and collaboration were often as important as signing documents and pulling triggers. The Holocaust drew on wider ideas and policies that were not restricted to Hitler or to Germany. Nor we will understand the victims if we simply see them as passively led to slaughter. They evaded, resisted, collaborated and sought to maintain a semblance of life to the end.

This course looks at the origins, implementation, and consequences of this most seminal of C20th 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