Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In 1933 when the Nazis came to power, Germany was suffering from the Depression and a failing government. Though no one could have imagined state sponsored murder, they also couldnâ€™t have fathomed that the European Jews would become the leading industry of the nation. Under their reign of terror, the Nazis not only implemented one of the greatest industries of death with their use of slave labor, mass shootings, and gas chambers, but also conducted one of the greatest heists in history of private property, goods, securities, and most important, the human body.
Examining the political and economic structure of Germany from its inception in 1871 to the immediate post-war period, Holocaust, Looting & The Reich will explore the ways in which the Third Reich not only carried out genocide, but also, theft on a massive scale. In addition, the course will consider scholarly interpretations of this catastrophic event, as well as critically evaluate ways in which the genocide of the European Jews occurred, and how present efforts of restitution are being handled in lieu of Holocaust plunder.
Bergen, Doris L. War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust (Critical Issues in World and International History, (ISBN: 978-074255714 7) and other readings on course reserve in the McDermott Library.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Course requirements may include participation in one group presentation, a final research paper, and two exams.