History | Holocaust in American Memory
A379 | 27254 | Linenthal

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA’s only
Above class meets with AMST-A 399 and another section of
HIST-A 379

This course will examine the ever-changing constructions of
Holocaust memory in the United States, from the revelations of the
horrors of the concentration and death camps in the spring of 1945,
through the bitter battles over commercialization of the Holocaust
in more recent times. When—and how—did the genocide of European Jews
and the mass murder of so-called “other” victims become “The
Holocaust?” How have changing political, aesthetic, and cultural
realities shaped the many expressions of Holocaust remembrance?
Readings will include: Robert Abzug, "Inside the Vicious Heart:
Americans and the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps"; Peter
Novick, "The Holocaust in American Life"; Edward
Linenthal, "Preserving Memory: the Struggle to Create America’s
Holocaust Museum"; Art Spiegelman, "Maus";  and selections from
Samantha Power, "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of
Genocide." There will be three in-class examinations and several
short writing assignments.