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"Die Gefahr des Bolschewismus" [The Dangers of Bolshevism], by Rudi Feld (1919). Lithograph poster from the exhibit “Nazi Propaganda” at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, 2009. Image from Art Museum Image Gallery.
HON 4885 Course Description
The Holocaust—the systematic destruction of millions of people, mainly Jews but others as well, by the Nazis and their collaborators—stands out as the most notorious case of mass murder in human history. It epitomizes the human capacity for evil, which capacity, in the Holocaust’s dark light, appears to be virtually unlimited. The word “genocide” was coined after the Second World War to describe that evil and to galvanize efforts (in human rights and international law) to contain it. This course explores the history of the Holocaust, tracing the rise of the Third Reich, its unleashing of the Second World War, and its implementation of the “Final Solution.” Topics include the history of European anti-Semitism, Nazi ideology, the role of “ordinary Germans,” and collaboration, resistance, and indifference outside Germany. We shall examine the Holocaust as a pan-European event, placing it in the broader perspective of the history of genocide and comparing it in particular to Stalinist mass murder in the Soviet Union. Finally we shall consider philosophical and theological questions about the meaning of the Holocaust and other forms of radical evil. Readings will consist of works of scholarship and witness.
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New Reference Books Just Added to the Collection
Nazi Persecution and Postwar Repercussions by
Call Number: Ref. HV6762.G3 B76 2016
The International Tracing Service, one of the largest Holocaust-related archival repositories in the world, holds millions of documents that enrich our understanding of the many forms of persecution during the Nazi era and its continued repercussions ever since. Drawing on a selection of recently available documents from the archive, this compelling volume provides new insights into human decision-making in genocidal settings, the factors that drive it, and its far-reaching consequences. The sources that the author has collected and contextualized here reflect the full range of behaviors and roles that victims, their oppressors, beneficiaries, and postwar aid organizations played beginning in 1933, through World War II, the Holocaust, and up to the present.
Resisting the Holocaust by
Call Number: Ref. D804.3 .B3637 2016
This book enables readers to learn about upstanders, partisans, and survivors from first-hand perspectives that reveal the many forms of resistance—some bold and defiant, some subtle—to the Nazis during the Holocaust. * Provides readers with insights into how and when resistance activities took place during the Holocaust—historical information that is both deeply saddening and inspirational * Documents the myriad ways in which upstanders sought to minimize the worst effects of Nazi anti-Jewish measures * Explains how those who came to be recognized as the Righteous among the Nations engaged in their life-saving work * Supplies document introductions and scholarly analysis that help readers to better understand the primary source material as well as a comprehensive bibliography that serves as a gateway to further research
Histories of Everyday Life in Totalitarian Regimes
Call Number: Ref. JC480 .H57 2015
"Explores daily life in such totalitarian dictatorships as Nazi Germany, Stalin's Soviet Union, China under Mao, and North Korea. An additional 100 interspersed entries further elucidate by exploring works of fiction dedicated to the topic"--
"Russian propaganda poster found in Seoul, Korea after the invasion of the United Nations troops in 1950 at the outset of the Korean War." Poster. n.d. Image from Art Museum Image Gallery.