History | History of the Holocaust
B323 | 11609 | Roseman
Above class carries Culture Studies credit
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA’s only
The Holocaust is probably the most horrific and challenging
phenomenon of the 20th Century. Yet it has taken some decades for
the world to appreciate quite how much it has challenged inherited
assumptions about progress and modernity. In the last decade or so,
our understanding has been aided by the discovery of important new
sources behind the former iron curtain. Against this background of
the new historiography, this course will look at the origins and
implementation of the Holocaust and also at the legacies and
memories of the event. The big question it pursues is how the
Holocaust could have taken place. What kind of intellectual and
cultural pedigree did it have? How firmly rooted was it in modern
society or in German culture? Alongside the Nazis, what were the
roles of the wider German population, of Jewish organisations and
Allied and international powers?
One book is required reading:
Doris Bergen, "War & Genocide: A Concise History Of The Holocaust"
Rowman and Littlefield (2004),isbn 0-8476-9631-6.
Additional weekly reading of one to two articles or book chapters
and one document will be posted on e-reserves.