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Sarah A. Stein
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 during World War II, 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. We will consider debates about the implementation of genocide, including the significance of gender and sexuality; the relationship between war and genocide; the meanings of resistance and culpability; and political and philosophical implications of the Holocaust. We will explore how the genocide of European Jewry was intertwined with the targeting of other victims of Nazi rule, including Roma, Slavs, black Germans, the disabled, homosexuals, and political opponents of National Socialism. In addition to considering how the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, we will examine the ways in which changing political conditions in the post-WWII period have shaped and reshaped memories of this event. Finally, we will investigate the question of the “uniqueness” of the Holocaust relative to other genocides.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Twice weekly lectures, weekly discussions.

Recommended preparation

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Class assignments and grading

Students enrolled in this course are expected to attend lectures and sections regularly and to complete assigned reading. Students will also take two in-class examinations and complete short three papers.

Students are required to complete all assignments in order to pass the course. Grades will be caclulated on the basis of the two exams, three papers, and students' performance and participation in section.


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 Sarah A. Stein
Date: 04/12/2007