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Uta G. Poiger
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

The Holocaust, the murder of six million Jews by Germans in Nazi-occupied Europe, is one of the crucial events of modern history. This course examines the origins of the Holocaust, the perpetrators and the victims, and changing efforts to come to terms with this genocide. Students will explore the forces that led to the Holocaust, including the emergence of scientific racism, anti-semitism, and the machinery of the modern state; debates about the implementation of genocide; and political and philosophical implications of the Holocaust. In addition to considering how the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, this course examines the ways in which changing political conditions in the post-WWII era have shaped and reshaped memories of this event.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Students enrolled in this course are expected to attend lectures and sections regularly and to complete assigned readings. Students will also take a midterm and a final exam and complete two papers of 4-5 pages in length.


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.
Last Update by Stefanie M Starkovich
Date: 04/26/2004