Fall 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Patterson, David
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6338 Section 001
R Time 10:00 AM - 12:45 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:

Bauer, Yehuda. A History of the Holocaust. Revised Ed. Franklin Watts, 2001. ISBN 0-531-15576-5

Prager, Dennis and Joseph Telushkin. Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. ISBN 9780743246200

Wistrich, Robert. Hitler and the Holocaust. New York: Random House, 2003. ISBN 0812968638

Wiesel, Elie. Night. Hill and Wang, 2006. ISBN 0-374-50001-0

Ozsvath, 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

Littell, Franklin. The Crucifixion of the Jews. Mercer University Press, 2000. ISBN 0-86554-227-9

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) a paper proposal of 4 to 5 pages, (2) an analytical paper of at least 4000 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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