UCSB Hist 133D, Fall 1996 Prof. Marcuse
THE HOLOCAUST IN GERMAN HISTORY HSSB 4221, 893-2635
HSSB 1174, T-Th 2:00-3:15 Office hours: Mon. 10-12
& by appt.
[10/10/05: please see my more recent Holocaust course web sites: Hist 33d, Hist 133d]
Attendance is mandatory. Biweekly questions (see next
item) indicate regular attendance.
Lectures include slides, videos, information and interpretation not available elsewhere in the course materials. Of course you must also read the books and attend the evening films.
There will NOT be a midterm examination. Instead, you will be asked to write a few sentences on a simple question about the assigned readings or films, roughly once every two weeks. These five questions will be announced in advance. They are worth 2 points each.
There will be two "reaction papers" of 1-2
pages in length. They are based on your thoughts about the required
paperbacks, and they are due at the beginning of class on
the set date. During class discussion I will read from randomly
chosen student papers.
This course fulfills the General Education writing requirement. If you do not submit either of these papers or the term paper you will not receive credit for this course (i.e., you will fail).
The term paper (1300 words, ca. 5 pages) will be about one of the topics listed on the blue handout. The topic must be selected BEFORE OCT. 14. A first draft is due TUESDAY, NOV. 5, before class in the TA's office. The final version is due on the Monday before Thanksgiving. This paper counts as 35% of your final grade (ungraded draft: 10 pts., paper 25%).
From all students doing each term paper topic, subgroups of 2-3 students will be formed. During the final two lectures each subgroup will make a brief (3-5 minute) final presentation about a question pertaining to their topic, and entertain questions from the audience (5%).
The final exam consists of 3/5 IDs, one essay question, and one source interpretation. A study guide will be distributed in early December. This is a two-hour examination.
GRADING: questions: 10%; reaction papers: 10+10%; term paper: 35%; presentation: 5%; final: 30%.
TA: Traci Heitschmidt, HSSB 3226, firstname.lastname@example.org; office hours: T & Th, 1-2pm.
REQUIRED COURSE BOOKS (all on 2 hour reserve at the library)
Reader with map, sources and essays, available at Alternative Copy in Isla Vista, 54pp., $3.70.
Michael Burleigh and Wolfgang Wippermann, The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945 (1991), $20/15; DD256.5.B93 1991. This is the course textbook.
Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz, $11/8;
D805.P7 L4413 1993
This is the memoir of a Jewish Italian chemist who survived the Auschwitz camp. Primo Levi's writings are noted for their powerful frankness and keen perception of human behavior.
Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas Ladies
and Gentlemen, $12/9; PG7158.B613 A28
This is a collection of essays by another survivor of Auschwitz, a (non-Jewish) Pole.
OPTIONAL BOOKS (one of these is required for the term papersee blue handout)
Alison Owings, Frauen: German Women Remember the Third Reich (1993) $17/13.
Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (1995) $13/10.
Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (1992) $12/9.
David Wyman, The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945 (1984) $16/12.
Deborah Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (1993) $11/8.
DATE L# TOPIC ASSIGNMENT:
26 Sept. 1R. Introduction: Why study the Holocaust? / film "Night and Fog" (1955)
1 Oct. 2T. Antisemitism and Adolf Hitler / intentionalism-functionalism
3 Oct. 3R. Turbulent Times?: Germany 1900-1930
8 Oct. 4T. The Nazi "Seizure" of Power
/ Concentration Camps, 1933-36 B/W 199-295
10 Oct. 5R. Life under Fascism / historical sources Reader: Owings
14 Oct. MON.
8-10 Traci, 10-noon Professor: deadline select a paper topic
15 Oct. 6T. "Aryan" and Jewish Women in Nazi Germany review B/W 242-66
17 Oct. 7R. Nazis and Jews, 1920-1938 / Crystal Night B/W 77-96
22 Oct. 8T. The Racial State: "Euthanasia"
and Minorities B/W 113-197
22+23 T+W 7pm: FILM "EUROPA, EUROPA," 115 mins., HSSB 1174
24 Oct. 9R. World War II: From Warsaw to Stalingrad (1939-1943) B/W 295-303
29 Oct. 10T. From Ghettoization to Extermination
/ Discussion of Browning Reader: Browning
31 Oct. 11R. The Wannsee Conference, 20 January 1942 / film Reader: Wannsee
5 Nov. 12T. Image before my Eyes (film); turn
in outline and draft to TA before class term paper draft due
->1-2pm, TA office
7 Nov. 13R. Representing the Holocaust in film and literature P. Levi: Survival
12 Nov. 14T. Auschwitz, 1900-1945 / Discussion of
"Survival in Auschwitz" reaction paper due
12+13 T+W 7pm: FILM "ESCAPE FROM SOBIBOR," 120 mins., HSSB 1174 Reader: Sobibor
14 Nov. 15R. German and Jewish Resistance Borowski: This Way
19 Nov. 16T. German and Jewish Collaboration / Discussion
of "This Way for the Gas" reaction paper due
21 Nov. 17R. The United States and the Holocaust / Liberation Reader: Wyman
25 Nov. Mon.
10-12 noon, professor's office term paper due
26 Nov. 18T. Bringing the Perpetrators to Justice
28 Nov. no class, Thanksgiving
3 Dec. 19T. Group presentations / Remembering Genocide,
1955-1995 Reader: Lipstadt
5 Dec. 20r. Group presentations / Final remarks and discussion
10 Dec. TUESDAY, 4-6PM: FINAL EXAMINATION
You must select a topic by Monday, Oct. 14,
and have it recorded by the professor (or the TA). You will suffer
a grade penalty of 1 point per day if you have not selected a
topic by then.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, a one page outline and a five page draft of your paper is due in the TA's office. At this time you will form groups of 2-3 students to prepare the brief final presentations to the class.
A final draft of at least 5 pages (1300 words) is due Monday, Nov. 25, by 12 noon in the professor's office. Late drafts and papers will be penalized 1 pt/day.
This is an important paper which counts for a substantial
part of your grade and learning in the course.
Please select the topic which interests you most, not the one whose primary book is cheapest or has the fewest pages. Note that some topics require auxiliary readings. (Most of these are on reserve.) If, after reading the book, you would like to write about a different issue than the ones suggested below, that is possible. Please discuss your new topic with me or Traci and have it approved.
Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland D804.3.B77 1992
Alison Owings, Frauen: German Women Remember the Third Reich D811.5.O885 1993
David Wyman, The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945 D810.J4.W95
Alison Owings, Frauen: German Women Remember the Third Reich D811.5.O885 1993
Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive
Edition DS135.N6 F73313 1995
This book is widely used in grammar and high schools, and is the most widely read book about the persecution of the Jews by Nazi Germany. Lipstadt, Denying, pp. 229-235 [D804.35.L57]
You may choose from among several topics:
Deborah Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing
Assault on Truth and Memory D804.35.L57 1993
I have ordered two additional books: Mel Mermelstein, By Bread Alone: The Story of A-4685 [D810.J4.M426], and Andrew Macdonald, The Turner Diaries [PS3563 M144t]. The former is the story of a Holocaust survivor who proved to the deniers that mass gassings had indeed taken place, was refused the "reward" they had offered for the proof, sued the deniers, and won. The latter is a neo-Nazi novel about a race war which can only be won if all of the enemies are killed. The war begins when a truck with a fertilizer bomb explodes in front of a federal office building. If these books arrive on time and you are interested in incorporating them into your paper, please see me.