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Devin E Naar
HIST 269
Seattle Campus

The Holocaust: History and Memory

Explores the Holocaust as crucial event of the twentieth century. Examines the origins of the Holocaust, perpetrators and victims, and efforts to come to terms with this genocide in Europe, Israel, and the United States. Offered: jointly with JSIS C 269.

Class description

This course explores the Holocaust as crucial event of the twentieth century. We will examine the origins and impact of the Holocaust; perpetrators, bystanders and victims; resistance, rescue and survival; and efforts to come to terms with this genocide in Europe, Israel, and the United States. We will consider primarily the Jewish experience, in addition to those of other persecuted groups (Gypsies, homosexuals). Our study of the Holocaust will be situated within the context of European and Jewish histories, the Second World War, comparative genocide, and memory studies To explore these themes, we will examine major scholarship in the field, as well as a wide range of primary sources, including government documents, newspapers, diaries, memoirs, trial proceedings, photographs, paintings, poetry, film, a graphic novel, monuments and memorial museums.

Student learning goals

become familiar with the major themes and debates in the study of the Holocaust

close reading and interpretation of primary sources

develop skills of critical thinking and historical argumentation

General method of instruction

lecture, in-class discussion, discussion sections

Recommended preparation

no preparation necessary.

Class assignments and grading

midterm, final, response paper, participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Vinh C Trinh
Date: 06/18/2013