Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Pfister, Debra
Discipline and Number
HIST 4344 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Holocaust, Looting, & the Reich

Description of Course:

In 1933 when the Nazis came to power, Germany was suffering from the effects of The Depression and a failing government. Though no one could have imagined state sponsored murder, they also couldn’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.

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Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Course requirements may include participation in a group report, an annotated bibliography, a research project, a mid-term exam, and a final exam.

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