Uta G. Poiger
Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.
The Holocaust of European Jewry during the Second World War at the hands of Germans Germans is one of the crucial events of the twentieth century. This graduate course will introduce students to central debates that concern scholars, including the search for the origins of the Holocaust in developments such as imperialism, racism, or modernity; the meanings of “perpetrator” and “victim”; the significance of ethnicity, gender and sexuality for understanding the Holocaust; the changing political and philosophical implications of Holocaust memories and memorials; and the “uniqueness” of the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The readings for this course will be inter-disciplinary and will include Raul Hilberg, Omer Bartov, Christopher Browning; Elizabeth Heineman, Hannah Arendt; James Young; Detlev Peukert, Eric Weitz, Robert Jay Lifton, Tom Segev, and Yehuda Bauer.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This class is intended for graduate students.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly readings and discussions; term paper on a specific topic/debate within Holocaust Studies to be developed in consultation with instructors, response papers.