Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Patterson, David
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6338 Section 501
R Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
The Holocaust

Description of Course:

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:

Michael, Robert. Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4039-7472-3
Katz, Jacob. From Prejudice to Destruction: Anti-Semitism, 1700 – 1933. Harvard University Press, 1982. ISBN 978-0-6743-2507-4
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
Ozsváth, Zsuzsanna. When the Danube Ran Red. Syracuse University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-08156-9080-3
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 Press, 1986. ISBN 978-0-8078-4160-0
Polen, Nehemia. The Holy Fire: The Teachings of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto. Jason Aronson, 1999. ISBN 0-765-76026-6
Patterson, David. Wrestling with the Angel: Toward a Jewish Understanding of the Nazi Assault on the Name. Paragon House, 2006. ISBN 1-55778-845-6

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) an analytical paper of at least 4000 words and (2) class participation. The paper will account for 85% and class participation for 15% of the grade for the course.

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