Fall 2008

 The Holocaust

Listed in: History, as HIST-31


Par Frohnert (Section 01)


(EU) In this class, we will explore the Holocaust in many of its dimensions. We will trace its antecedents, including the history of Jews in Europe, anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe, and Germany in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We will then focus more closely on the Nazi regime. We will look at Nazi racial policy in general, as well as how Nazi anti-Semitic policy evolved from discrimination to outright murder. We will learn about the different forms that the Holocaust took, including ghettoization, starvation policy, mass shootings, and gassings in extermination camps. We will closely examine different scholarly interpretations of the role of victims, perpetrators, and bystanders during the genocide. Finally, we will examine post-war reactions, including the early Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, and later controversies about the memory of the Holocaust. Classes will consist of lectures and discussions based on close readings of historical accounts and primary sources, including films, memoirs, and government documents. Two class meetings per week. Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. STINT Fellow Frohnert.