Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this course explores the Holocaust and its aftermath. It challenges our fundamental assumptions and values, and it raises questions of great urgency: "What was the background of the Holocaust?" How was it possible for a state to systematize, mechanize, and socially organize this assault on the Jewish people?" And "How could the Nazis in a few years eliminate the foundations of Western civilization?" Our course will search for answers to these questions and investigate many others. In addition, it will explore the ways in which the Holocaust is often denied as well as those in which it is commemorated in the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials, in survivor testimonies, in Holocaust literature, art, memorials, museums, and films.
Yehuda Bauer, History of the Holocaust, ISBN 978-0531155769.
Haim Gouri. Facing the Glass Booth: The Jerusalem Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Wayne State University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-8143-3087-8
Deborah Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. Plume, 1994. ISBN 0452272742
Elie Wiesel and Marion Wiesel. Night. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. ISBN 0-8090-7356-0
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