HST/JUS/REL 374 Fall 2006 Syllabus


Fall 2006
Prof. Susan Crane
Office/Hours: Social Sciences 237A, 621-1113 / TTH 12:30-1:30 and by appointment
E-Mail address: scrane@u.arizona.edu

This course will explore the history, memories and representations of the Holocaust: the attempted annihilation of European Jews, and the persecution of the Roma, Sinti and other racial and political opponents by the Third Reich in Germany , 1933-1945. We will discuss the perspectives of survivors, perpetrators, witnesses, historians, and ourselves as students, while seeking to understand the nature of this event and its significance.


All of the assigned readings are available for purchase either as books or course packet at the bookstore, and/or available online through ERes.

  • Doris Bergen, War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust
  • Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men
  • Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor's Tale , v. 1 and Maus: And Here My Troubles Began, v. 2
  • Course Packet (bookstore only) includes all other readings

ERes: All "packet" readings are also available online through the Main Library. On Sabio, select Reserves, then ERes. You will need the course password to login: hist374 .


Students are expected to have read each reading assignment in advance of the class meeting for which it is assigned, and be prepared to discuss the contents. To assist preparation for discussion, students will regularly write one-page reading responses . Responses are limited to one typed page of organized, coherent comments, questions and reflections on the assigned reading. Do not summarize the reading; a better response will focus on one aspect or issue that interested you. It's always a good idea to cite or quote from the text ; you may use the short citation format at the end of the sentence (author, page). Only students who have excused absences on reading response due dates may make up the assignment by writing a response for another day's reading and handing it in on the day that reading is assigned.

PAPERS AND EXAMS: three exams, two "debate papers" (2 pages each), and one longer paper (6-8 pages). All written work is due in class on the assigned date and will not be accepted later without prior permission of the instructor.

Failure to credit the source of any statement which is not the result of your own creative endeavor is plagiarism, which is a violation of academic integrity and personal honesty and will result in a FAILING GRADE FOR THE COURSE. If you have any concerns about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it, visit the Main Library website: http://www.library.arizona.edu/help/tutorials/plagiarism/plagiarism-resources.html.


Class participation, response papers: 20%; Papers: 40%; Exams: 40%

If you know you will have to miss a class for legitimate reasons, you are expected to inform the instructor in advance. Late work will be accepted only from students with excused absences on due dates.


Aug. 22 Introduction

Aug. 24 Jews in Europe and Anti-Semitism, 1800-1933

Read: Bergen , ch. 1

Aug. 29 From Weimar to Hitler

Read: Bergen , ch. 2

Aug. 31 Discussion. Read: Levy, ed., "Adolf Hitler and the Jewish Question" and Hitler, "Propaganda" [ER/packet]

Reading Response Due

Sept. 5 The Third Reich

Read: Bergen ch. 3

Sept. 7 Read: Friedländer, Nazi Germany and the Jews , ch. 4 [ ER/packet ]

Reading Response Due

Sept. 12 Aryanization and the Concentration Camps

Read: Bergen , ch. 4

Sept. 14 Exam

Sept. 19 World War II and the Holocaust

Read: Bergen , ch. 5-6

Sept. 21 Perpetrators

Read: Browning, Ordinary Men , ch. 3-8 and ch. 18

Sept. 26 Film: "The Lodz Ghetto"

Sept. 28 Debate: "Ordinary Men" or "Willing Executioners"?

Read: Goldhagen, "Police Battalion 101" [ER only]

Due in class: debate paper on Browning and Goldhagen

Oct. 3 "The Final Solution"

Read: Bergen , ch. 7

Oct. 5 Film: Claude Lanzmann, "Shoah" part 1

Film response due by email Friday, 10/7 at 5:00 pm

Oct. 10 Death Marches , Liberation and the Question of Postwar Justice

Optional reading: Bergen , ch. 8

Oct. 12 Exam

Oct. 17 Discussion. Read: Levi, Survival in Auschwitz , pp. 9-86

Oct. 19 Discussion. Read: Levi, Survival in Auschwitz , pp. 87-173

Oct. 24 Discussion. Read: Spiegelman, Maus, vol. 1

Handout in class: Newspaper Research assignment

Oct. 26 Discussion. Read: Spiegelman, Maus, vol. 2

Reading Response Due

Oct. 31 Who Knew What When?

Due in class: Newspaper Research assignment

Nov. 2 Discussion: Women in the Third Reich

Read: Burleigh, The Racial State , Ch. 8 [ER/packet]

Paper topics handed out in class

Nov. 7 Women in the Camps

Read: Fink, "A Scrap of Time" and "The Table"; Hillesum, "A Letter from Westerbork"; Perl, "A Doctor in Auschwitz "; and Delbo, "Days and Memory" in Rittner and Roth, eds, Different Voices and Kluger, "Theresienstadt" [ER/packet]

Nov. 9 The "Other" Victims: Roma, Sinti and Gays

Read: Sybil Milton, "Gypsies" and Burleigh, The Racial State , pp. 182-197 [E R /packet]

Nov. 14 Screening and discussion: Claude Lanzmann, "Shoah" (con't)

Nov. 16 Screening and discussion: Claude Lanzmann, "Shoah" (con't)


Nov. 21 Holocaust Museums and Memorials

Nov. 23 NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

Nov. 28 Holocaust Denial

Nov. 30 Debate: Denial on Campus?

Read: Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust , ch. 10 [ER/packet]

Due in class: debate paper on Lipstadt

Dec. 5 Meet with Holocaust survivors at Jewish Family and Children's Services, 4301 E. Fifth Street (at Columbus )

Dec. 7 (Dead Day)  Optional Review for Final Exam

Dec. 12 Final Exam


The internet is full of useful, and some notorious, sites for information about the Holocaust. Here are some recommended sites:

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Yad Vashem

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

World War II on the Web (list of Holocaust sites)

Holocaust Denial on Trial

Films about the Holocaust available at UA Main Library