HIS 350L • Hitler/Holocaust/Ger Memory-W
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
How have changing patterns of "remembering" and "forgetting" about Hitler, Nazism and the Holocaust been shaped by the post-1945 political and cultural history of the two Germanys? And 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"? We will begin this course by looking at some recent approaches by professional historians to the history of Nazi Germany. We will then move from the academy to the broader political and popular cultures, examining changing discussions and representations of Hitler, Nazism and the Holocaust, in post-1945 official commemorative practices, such as monuments and museums, in film, in fiction and in popular constructions of memory via oral history.
TENTATIVE LIST OF REQUIRED BOOKS: Peter Fritsche, GERMANS INTO NAZIS David Crew, editor, NAZISM AND GERMAN SOCIETY, 1933-1945 Omer Bartov, editor, THE HOLOCAUST.ORIGINS, IMPLEMENTATION, AFTERMATH Primo Levi, SURVIVAL IN AUSCHWITZ Lawrence L. Langer, HOLOCAUST TESTIMONIES. THE RUINS OF MEMORY Mark Roseman, A PAST IN HIDING.MEMORY AND SURVIVAL IN NAZI GERMANY James Edward Young, THE TEXTURE OF MEMORY: HOLOCAUST MEMORIALS AND MEANING Deborah Lipstadt, DENYING THE HOLOCAUST