Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Unique in its ferocity and scope, the Holocaust represents a period of unparalleled human tragedy which resulted in the decimation of the Jewish population of Europe between 1933 and 1945. In The Holocaust and its Aftermath we will examine this catastrophic event, with a focus on the history of anti-Semitism and its ultimate manifestation in genocide. Throughout this exploration, the course will consider the social, political, historical, and cultural ideas which eventually led to the Shoah, as well as the development of the modern state of Israel and the numerous problems survivors faced as they tried to leave Europe in the wake of the tragedy.
Enhancing this investigation will be a trip to the sights of the lost communities and concentration camps in Poland, in addition to research in the archives at Yad Vashem in Israel. Through this experience, students will be afforded a deeper understanding of this topic through direct contact with the sights of destruction, while learning about the struggles of the survivors to rebuild their lives against tight immigration quotas and nearly insurmountable odds.
Muller, Filip. Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers (ISBN 1-56663-271-4)
Wistrich, Robert, Hitler and the Holocaust (ISBN: 0-8129-6863-8)
*Required reading assignments from David Crowe, Antony Polonsky, Howard M. Sachar, and others can be found on electronic reserve in the UT Dallas library.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Grades will be based on class attendance and participation,a group research report on some element of the trip, and one 5-7 page research paper (instructions will be handed out in class).