Fall 2020 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Instructor
Patterson, David
Discipline and Number
HIST 6342 Section 501
Day
R Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
The Holocaust

Description of Course:

Course Description
In this course we shall take an interdisciplinary approach to one of the most problematic events of human history: the Holocaust. The purpose of examining this topic is not simply to gather information or to arrive at some explanation; nor is it to be overcome with despair or anger or outrage. The aim, rather, is to address the questions of good and evil, of divinity and humanity, of truth and responsibility that arise from this event, so that we may better understand its singular significance for human life. With the approval of the instructor, students may write on any topic, but all research topics should integrate a variety of academic disciplines as they pertain to the Holocaust.

Required Texts:

Required Texts
Bauer, Yehuda. A History of the Holocaust. Revised Ed. Franklin Watts, 2001. ISBN
0-531-15576-5
Wiesel, Elie. Night. Hill and Wang, 2006. ISBN 0-374-50001-0
Levi, Primo. Survival in Auschwitz. Touchstone, 1996. ISBN 0-684-82680-1
Nomberg-Przytyk, Sara. Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land. University of North
Carolina, 1986. ISBN 978-0-8078-4160-0
Jean Améry. At the Mind’s Limits. Indiana U P, 1998. ISBN 0253211735
Delbo, Charlotte. Auschwitz and After. Yale University Press, 2014. ISBN 0300190778
Littell, Franklin. The Crucifixion of the Jews. Mercer University Press, 2017. ISBN
08655422799
Fackenheim, Emil L. God’s Presence in History. HarperCollins, 1972. ISBN 0061316903 (you
can find used online)

Recommended Texts
Patterson, David. The Holocaust and the Nonrepresentable. SUNY Press, 2018.
Chapter 5 in Patterson, David. Anti-Semitism and Its Metaphysical Origins. Cambridge, 2016.
Patterson, David. Emil L. Fackenheim: A Jewish Philosopher’s Response to the Holocaust. Syracuse, 2008.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

With the approval of the instructor, students may write on any topic, but all research topics should integrate a variety of academic disciplines as they pertain to and shed light on the Holocaust, understood as the Nazi project to exterminate the Jews of Europe. Students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) a paper proposal of 4 to 5 pages, including a bibliography, (2) an analytical paper of at least 5000 words, and (3) class participation. The proposal will account for 15%, the paper for 75%, and class participation for 10% of the grade for the course.

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