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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2008

T C 357 • Remembering the Holocaust - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43880 MW
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
GAR 2.104

Course Description

During the Holocaust, millions of European Jews were murdered by the Nazis, along with hundreds of thousands of physically and mentally handicapped persons, gays and Sinti and Roma. Millions also died in Hitler's murderous war in Russia. This course focuses upon the history of the Holocaust and its "afterlife." We will examine how Germans and their victims, as well as post-war generations of Europeans and North Americans, have reacted to, dealt with, commemorated, and tried to understand these horrific crimes since 1945. We will be exploring a variety of different sites of memory: academic history, personal memoirs, novels, monuments and museums, photography, documentary and fiction films about the Holocaust and also the Internet. Lastly, the course will emphasize the most recent history of the afterlife of the Holocaust since 1990.

Grading Policy

3 critical essays (6-8 pages each): 60%
Proposal for a memorial, documentary, or web site (4-5 pages): 15%
Holocaust Photograph analysis (2-3 pages): 10%
Class participation: 15%


Saul Friedlander, Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Persecution, 1933-1939.Volume 1
Saul Friedlander, The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945,Volume 2
Marion A. Kaplan, Between Dignity and Despair. Jewish Life in Nazi Germany
Rudolf Höss, Commandant of Auschwitz
Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz
Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem. A Report on the Banality of Evil
Janina Struk, Photographing the Holocaust: Interpretations of the Evidence
James Young, The Texture of Memory. Holocaust Memorials and Meaning
Peter Novick, The Holocaust in American Life
Deborah Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust. The Growing Assault in Truth and Memory

About the Professor

David Crew received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and currently holds the position of professor in the History Department. His current research and teaching interests include the history of popular culture and consumerism in twentieth-century Germany and Europe, the history and politics of memory, and the visual history of Germany in the twentieth century, with a specific focus upon photographic representations. He has taught courses on twentieth century Germany, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, and German since 1945. He has been a faculty member of the Normandy Scholars Program since 1993.


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