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Seminar schedule

The Holocaust: An Integrative History HI31Z

Dr Anna Hájková

Room H325

Books recommended for purchase:

Doris Bergen, The Holocaust: A Concise History (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final

Solution in Poland (New York: HarperPerennial, 1993).

Jan Gross, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne Poland

(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).

Marion Kaplan, Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (New York:

Oxford University Press, 1999).
Film we will watch:

Grey Zone (2001)

1. October 2: Introduction: What was the Holocaust and why does one study it?

Primo Levi, If This Is a Man (another edition is named Survival in Auschwitz), motto poem.

Ruth Klüger, Still alive: A Holocaust girlhood remembered (Feminist Press: New York, 2001), ch. The camps.

Hayden White, “Historical Emplotment and the Problem of Truth,” in Probing the Limits of Representation, ed. Saul Friedländer (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992): 37-53.

(Saul Friedländer, Introduction, in Ibid, pp. 1-21.)
2. October 9: Antisemitism and Jews and Gentiles in Nazi Germany

Bergen, ch. 1.

Kaplan, ch. 1 and 2 (pp. 17-73).

Excerpts from Victor Klemperer, I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941 (New York: Random House, 1999), selection.

3. October 16: Emigration and refugees

Kaplan, ch. 5.

Presentation: selected articles from Sybille Quack, ed. Between Sorrow and Strength: Women Refugees of the Nazi Period (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995).
4. October 23: Persecution of social outsiders and murder of the disabled

Michael Burleigh, “Psychiatry, German Society and the Nazi “Euthanasia” Programme,” in The Holocaust: Origins, Implementation, Aftermath, ed. Omer Bartov (London: Routledge, 2000): 43-62.

Beth Griech-Pollele, “Image of a Churchman-Resister: Bishop von Galen, the Euthanasia Project and the Sermons of Summer 1941,” Journal of Contemporary History 36,1 (2001).
Presentation: Henry Friedlander, The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995).

5. October 30: Pioneers of the Genocide [the date will change]

Susanne Heim/Götz Aly, Architects of Annihilation: Auschwitz and the Logic of Destruction, selection

Presentation: Götz Aly, Final solution: Nazi population policy and the murder of the European Jews, transl. Allison Brown and Belinda Cooper (London: Arnold, 1999).

6. November 6: no class, reading week
7. November 13: Operation Barbarossa, barbarization of warfare, and the emergence of the Final Solution

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