History | Testimonies of the Holocaust
J300 | 27302 | Roseman
Above class COLL intensive writing section
Above class open to undergraduates only
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class meets with another HIST-J300
This course examines the way individuals have communicated their
experiences of the Holocaust. It looks at a variety of formats –
diaries, memoirs, court transcripts, audio- and video-taped
interviews, at different genres – factual accounts, fictionalized
accounts and poetry – and at a variety of vantage-points – victims,
survivors, perpetrators and others. It looks at the particular
kinds of testimony that the Holocaust has generated, and asks
whether there are particular challenges of communicating the
experience. It takes a particular interest in questions of memory,
and asks how contemporary diary- and letter-writing differs from
later memoirs and interviews. It looks also at the history of
testimony’s reception, at the changing way scholars and the wider
public have responded to and analyzed (or ignored) the testimony of
victims, survivors and perpetrators.
Students should ensure that they have a basic knowledge of the
Holocaust by the time they begin this class.
As this is an intensive writing course, students will engage in a
variety of different writing exercises, culminating in a short
project looking at a particular testimony or set of testimonies.
Readings will be drawn from a variety of different sources. The
course textbook is Zoe Vania Waxman, "Writing the Holocaust.
Identity, testimony, representation" (Paperback Oxford 2008)