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DHIS 2385A - The Holocaust: History, Memory, Historiography

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

No pre-requisite but some knowledge on the history of WWII will help.

Course Description

More and more, the Holocaust is perceived and assessed as one of the seminal event of the 20. Century in Europe. If its consequences were not clearly embraced in the immediate after war, the long shadow of genocide shapes today's culture and politics. This course aims at presenting some main themes in the growing field of Holocaust studies. Themes will be on the Holocaust itself, its general interpretations, the question of victims, of perpetrators, the technologies of mass killings, but also on the consequences of genocide (justice, memorials, testimonies). It is a history class, with some interdisciplinarity: politics, literature, psychology will also be used in class. A specific attention will be dedicated to the digital aspects of Holocaust learning, documentation and memory.

Teachers

  • DREYFUS, Jean-Marc (Professeur et auteur)
  • GHILES-MEILHAC, Samuel (Sociologue et Historien)

Course validation

- Participation in class : 10% - Group work in class on visual testimonies : 30% . Both an electronic and a printed copy must be submited. - An essay. Both an electronic and a printed copy must be submited, 2500 words: 60% (see the topics).

Required reading

  • Bauer, Yehuda, Rethinking the Holocaust (New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2000).
  • Dreyfus, Jean-Marc, Langton, Daniel, Writing the Holocaust (London: Bloomsbury, 2011).
  • Friedlander, Saul, Memory, History, and the Extermination of the Jews of Europe (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993).
  • Goda, Norman J. (ed.), Jewish Histories of the Holocaust - New Transnational Approaches (Oxford : New York, Berghahn Books, 2014)
  • Friedländer, Saul, Nazi Germany and the Jews. Volume 1, The Years of Persecution ; Volume 2, The Years of Extermination, 1933-1945, (New York : HarperCollins, c1997; 2007).

Additional required reading

  • Goda, Norman J. (ed.), Jewish Histories of the Holocaust - New Transnational Approaches (Oxford : New York, Berghahn Books, 2014) Berghahn Books, 2014)
  • DVD : Shoah,, by Claude Lanzmann