RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 008 Listening to Holocaust Survivors
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Drawing on the perspectives of history and psychology, this course will explore the experiences of survivors of the Nazi Holocaust. We shall attempt to understand not only some of what survivors endured during the destruction but also in their lives since the Holocaust — their lives specifically as survivors. While the primary emphasis will be on the experiences of survivors and other victims, there will also be a number of classes devoted to understanding the motives and experiences of Holocaust perpetrators, bystanders, and resisters. We will also discuss aspects of the broader history of racism and genocide. A special emphasis throughout will be on investigating, and developing, our capacity to listen to survivors. Because survivors use the same words we do, yet have experienced realities totally alien to most of us, we shall continually return to ways we may think we understand survivors yet not actually do so.
The aspects of survivors' experience on which we shall especially focus include: massive psychological trauma; desolation and destruction of identity; the roles of shame, guilt, grief and rage in the aftermath; the need to "bear witness;" the impact of images of survivors in popular culture; survivors' experiences re-creating family, community, and faith.
Writing assignments for this seminar will primarily be interpretive essays. Poetry and journaling will also play a role. On occasion, we will be joined by survivors and thus have the chance to talk with them directly. There will be a number of evening films as well, so no student should register for this seminar who would not be free to view films on Monday evening between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Reading will include selections from Martin Gilbert, The Holocaust; Elie Wiesel, Night; Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz and The Drowned and the Saved; Charlotte Delbo, None of Us Will Return; Jean Amery, At the Mind's Limits; Isabella Leitner, Fragments of Isabella; Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men; Art Spiegelman, Maus; and a number of excerpts from survivors' audio and video testimony.

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
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