Devin E Naar
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.
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
no preparation necessary.
Class assignments and grading
midterm, final, response paper, participation