HIS 376G • Hitler/Nazism/World War II-W
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
How was an obscure, unemployed Austrian, who never rose above the rank of corporal in the German army, able to become the leader of a mass political movement which overthrew the most democratic political system Germany had ever known? Why did Germany begin the most devastating and brutal war in world history just two decades after having lost the First World War? Why did the Nazi state systematically murder 6 million Jews? How did the implementation of Nazi plans for a "racial empire" affect the lives of millions of Europeans during the Second World War? And what is the legacy of the Third Reich, for Germany today? In what ways have post-war German identities been constructed and re-constructed, from 1945 to the present, with reference to the "past that will not pass away"? These are the primary questions addressed by this course.
Peter Fritzsche, GERMANS INTO NAZIS Erich Maria Remarque, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT J. Noakes and G. Pridham(editors), NAZISM. A HISTORY IN DOCUMENTS AND EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS, 1919-1945 (University of Exeter Press Edition: Volumes 2 &3) Primo Levi, SURVIVAL IN AUSCHWITZ Brian Ladd, THE GHOSTS OF BERLIN.CONFRONTING GERMAN HISTORY IN THE URBAN LANDSCAPE