JUDAIC 386 - The Holocaust
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the systematic destruction of European Jewry (1933-1945). It begins with the history of antisemitism before the Nazi seizure of power and then explains why and how the German state translated fear and loathing of Jews into a policy of mass murder during World War II. The course also addresses the charged issue of Jewish responses to persecution during the war years, including flight and resistance. It asks questions about how otherwise “ordinary” Germans became mass murderers and why some bystanders in German-occupied countries actively cooperated with the Nazis and why others hid and aided their Jewish neighbors. Throughout the course, the fate of Europe’s Jews will be linked to that of other victims of Nazi persecution – homosexuals, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), Communists, and the disabled and mentally ill. The place of the Holocaust – its “meaning” and “singularity” – in European and Jewish history will also be addressed.

The reading will include both first-person accounts of the experience of the victims – such as Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz and Chaim Kaplan’s Warsaw Diary – as well as historical scholarship on vexing problems of interpretation – such as Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution and Mark Roseman’s The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution. Students will also work with video testimonies of survivors on the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive. Requirements include a midterm, a final, and a paper drawing on these on-line video testimonies.

JUDAIC 386 - The Holocaust
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
45160
Open
14
 
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MWF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
45578
Open
6
 
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F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
45579
Open
2
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
45580
Open
6
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
45582
Closed
0
 
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M 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 9780253212931
Scroll of agony : the Warsaw diary of Chaim A. Kaplan, Author: Kaplan, Chaim Aron, 1880-1942., Publisher: Indiana university press 1999
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0979905281
Survival in Auschwitz, Author: Levi, Primo., Publisher: Classic House Books 2008
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780131773196
A history of the Holocaust : from ideology to annihilation, Author: Botwinick, Rita Steinhardt., Publisher: Pearson Education 2004
Required
ISBN: 9780805068108
The Wannsee Conference and the final solution : a reconsideration, Author: Roseman, Mark., Publisher: Metropolitan Books 2002
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780060190132
Ordinary men : Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland, Author: Browning, Christopher R., Publisher: HarperCollins 1992
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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