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- Dec. 21, 2006: My office hours in
Winter 2007 will be Tuesdays, 12:30--2:30pm
And obviously, this web site is under construction.
- Jan. 13, 2007: 2007
syllabus and Reich-Prussian
gov't diagram now available.
I don't think I'm going to be able to put lecture notes online this quarter--I
have too many other obligations that don't leave me the "extra"
- Jan. 23, 2007: In class today (L5) I announced Q2,
due at the start of class on Thursday:
- No more than *1* page total (5 bullet points). I vastly prefer a typed
version, but this time (only) I'll accept handwritten ones as well.
- Name the 5 Chancellors from 1926 to 1932 (W. Marx to von Schleicher),
and give 2 important features of each of their governments, e.g.
issues, and/or party coalition
- Correction to syllabus: on the front under "grading" the
total value of the 8 questions should be 30%. Each is worth 4 points, so
you can actually get 2 bonus points.
- Jan. 28, 2007: A student pointed out that the topic
lists are due this Thursday ONLY for students who want to try for the no-final-exam
option. If you prefer the take-home final, your topic list is not due until
Thu., Feb. 8. Sorry about my mix-up.
- Also, if you are a good note-taker, you can earn an
easy $100 from the Disabled Students Office for photocopies of your lecture
If you are interested in this position, please see me after class on Tuesday.
If several students are interested, I will recommend you based on your
notes from last Thursday, so you may want to bring a photocopy of those
notes with you.
- Jan. 31, 2007: links to last quarter's (Hist 133a)
book essay and web
option handouts are fixed.
- Feb. 2, 2007: today in class I passed out the new
book essay handout, as well as
a glossary and timeline of the
Nazi seizure and consolidation of power. Q3 is due Tuesday. It is based
on the first four essays in Bessel (ed.), and has 4 short parts:
Feb. 8, 2007: Q4 is due Tuesday (2/13). It is based
on the assigned reading (Bessel, pp. 57-96), and has three parts:
- Name 2 paradoxes about the Nazi use of violence.
- Name 2 ways that Nazism changed family and/or village life.
- What changes in the Hitler Youth gave rise to alternative movements
by the late 1930s? Describe 2 such movements (1 sentence each).
- List 4 of the 7 bases of the Hitler Myth. What one event did most to
Feb. 15, 2007, 8am: I didn't hear about it early enough
to plan any alternative activity for our class during the anti-war strike
today, but since I think this is one of the most urgent contemporary political
issues facing us today, I don't think it would be appropriate to hold "class
- List 4 main players in the "racist" social contract as described
by Geyer, and briefly describe the role of each. (1 paragraph)
- Explain why the Madagascar resettlement plan supports or undermines
the "structuralist" interpretation of the Nazi state. (2 sentences)
- How did Himmler's plans for Gypsies differ from his plans for Jews?
Feb. 19, 2007, 9pm: I'm sorry to be sending this out
with such short notice, but things just kept coming up that prevented me
from reviewing the readings sooner. I hope the questions will be easy enough--again,
you're just supposed to show that you've done the assigned reading (Reader
essays 2 & 3). Q5:
- Thus, although I will be in class, it will be devoted to a discussion
of the German populace and the anti-war movement, and I'll show another
documentary film clip about Germany's politics and World War II. (A fortuitous
coincidence of topics, I must admit.)
- So: no attendance taken today; Q5 for next week will be announced on
e-mail, and I'll make a web page to cover the lecture material. And anyone
who wants can borrow the video I show.
- I encourage everyone to attend the central rally at 1pm at the Pardall
entrance and express your opinion about our wars in the Middle East and
Feb. 21, 2007: You are all invited to attend a talk
next Monday at 4pm in HSSB 6020. Dr. Steven Beller, an internationally
recognized authority on Austrian, Jewish and Central
- 1. What offer did Major Trapp make to his men on July 13, 1942?
- 2. Name TWO reasons some of the men who did not accept that offer gave
to explain why they did not accept it.
- 3. What choice did Sarah make? (in the feminist rewriting of a well-known
- 4. What aspect of the Milgram experiments did sociologist Barrington
Moore think was most important?
European history, will present "Island of the Blessed/Island of the
Damned: Jews and Austrians in Modern History."
Feb. 21, 2007: For those of you who didn't do the
reading in time to write up Q5, I offered Q5b. If I remember correctly,
this was it, based on reader essays 4, 5, 6 & 2:
Feb. 26, 2007, 11pm: As I announced in class last
Thursday, we will have Q6 written in class on Tuesday, Feb. 27. It will
be based on reader essays 2-6, which were assigned for last week. Be sure
to read them! [Q6 turned out to be the anonymous midterm evaluation, with
full credit for attendance.]
March 5, 2007: Q7 is based on Reader essay 7: Laurence
Rees' chapter "Factories of Death." It is due Tuesday at the
start of class. There are, as usual, 4 parts:
- For the following four people, say which box in the power/agency table
on the class handout you would put them in, and write a brief statement
- Major Trapp (I forgot to write this down at the end of class--is this
what I said?)
- Here is a copy of the WW2,
Genocide & Perpetrators handout.
- What reason does Rees give why, after Aug. 31, French authorities sent
children to Auschwitz only with their parents? What reason did/do French
- Give two reasons why Oskar Groening joined the Waffen-SS.
Name the three locations Annette and Michel Muller were imprisoned, with
the type of place each was (e.g. abandoned factory, WWI fort).
- What was the advantage of locating a "normal" concentration
camp like Dachau in a suburb, as opposed to in a remote forest, like Belzec,
Sobibor and Treblinka?
- In what program did Wirth and Stangl first gain their murder experience?
March 9, 2007: Q8 is due Tuesday. It is based on the
last chapter of the Bessel book, and is on the L18
"Legacies" handout (with link to a webpage on the "special
paths"), as well as in this announcement (part of the text was cut
off on the handout). I've also uploaded the 133b
Web Option handout.
- Ultimately, what I really want you to do is read this essay carefully
and think about it. We will take a fair amount of time in class to discuss
it. It would be wonderful if you listed some issues and questions in your
notes that you would like to discuss. Here are some of my interests:
- Why were males aged 16-40 the first ones to be deported?
Why could at most 10% of them be unfit for work?
- Should we think of French gendarmes (such as Bousquet)
as protectors of Jews, or assistants in their murder?
- How should we assess Else Abt's and Oskar Groening's behavior
- What does the story of the Muller children's survival
tell us about the Holocaust?
- Finally, I've been asked to announce that there will be a planning
meeting for Holocaust Remembrance week, on Tuesday 3/6 at 5pm at UCSB Hillel
(the hour+ before I show Escape from Sobibor at 6:20 in HSSB 4020).
March 16, 2007: L19:
Postwar and L20: Overview
and Summary handouts now available.
- Q8: Date and briefly characterize the 3 "narrative
turning points" in Ernst Bromberg's life story. Which "special
path" model would best fit with Bromberg's narrative?
- Oral presentations: I didn't discuss these and won't
be available to meet with potential presenters before Tuesday's class,
so I'm going to suggest that we do them on Thursday instead. If you are
interested in making a short (5-7 minute) presentation about what you learned
from your essay book, please e-mail me by Monday 8pm .
We can meet Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday for further discussion. I'd
like to underscore again that the overall quality of the essays this quarter
is truly excellent, better than I've ever seen before.
- Paper pick-up. All papers that haven't been picked
up yet (except: Samantha R's, Andre's, and Josh's) will be available in
the envelope outside my office door by noon today (Friday).
The L20 handout has the final exam instructions,
IDs, and 8 essays questions to choose from.
Note that there is a "semi-web option:" if you received an A
or A- on your book essay, you can still publish it on the course web site
instead of answering the ID portion of the final. See the L20 handout for
March 20, 2007: starting to upload papers: essay
index page; template;
March 22, 2007, 1:30pm: Student
Essay index page now complete; 27 essays uploaded.
[28th essay added on 3/27/07]
Mar. 28, 2007: Here is the distribution
of grades for the Winter 2007 Hist 133b course according
to the final point distribution (if you want to contact me, read my note
on grading, below):
Oct. 9, 2008: course books for Winter 2009:
Nov. 23, 2008: Josie Levi Martin, a Holocaust survivor
who will be speaking to our class after we read a selection from her autobiography,
was miraculously spared from the Tea Fire last Thursday. See this 11/20/08
Noozhawk article by Rob Kuznia: "For
One Resident, Survivor's Guilt Taking Emotional Toll After Tea Fire."
2002 book is Never Tell Your Name ($13.50
& searchable at amazon).
Jan. 3, 2009: Enrollment is currently at 44 of 48
spaces, with 6 people already on a waiting list, several of them with priority
status. The list is now closed until the start of classes, and enrollment
through Gold is closed as well.
|| 74 pts=C+ 1
||70-73pts =C 4
|| 65-69pts =C- 0
all announcements until 3/24/09 were sent out as emails from the Gauchospace
Jan. 9, 2009: The reading for next week from the Fulbrook textbook
is available on eres at the library:
the password is: front
You only need to read chap. 2 for starters.
Also, I've given them Maus, both my copy and the library copy, to be placed
on reserve. I don't know that they are there yet, although I was told it
might happen today. Hopefully by Monday.
Jan. 11, 2009: The UCSB
library reserves for this course now has vol. 1 of Maus available.
On the course
eres site you will find the Fulbrook reading.
Jan. 13, 2009: Q1 now available. The first of the 8 midterm
questions is now available on the Gauchospace course website. It is due
Thursday by the start of class.
The library has had my copy of v. II to put on reserve since last Thursday,
but they still haven't made it available. I'll check into it Wed. morning.
Here is the link to the Gauchospace course site:
Jan. 15, 2009: I may have forgotten to say this, but you should
bring a copy of your answers to Q1 and your notes on Maus, as well as the
books themselves, to class today.
See you at 3:30.
Jan. 20, 2009: Q2, due Thu 1/22, available. I posted Q2 on Gauchospace
earlier this evening. It is due Thursday by class time. It will require
careful reading of Fulbrook chap. 2.
And hard copies of the book proposals are due as well, with photocopies
Jan. 28, 2009: Q3 available. A reminder that Q3 is due Thursday.
- Jan. 21: Q2 Clarification/hint: I received a good question about
Q2--is the answer in chap. 2 or chap. 3?
Well, it is in both. Fulbrook mentions the early creation of the 2 agreements
(between 2+2 groups) in ch. 2, and in ch. 3 she explains how the agreements
fell apart, contributing to the instability of the Weimar state.
Also, I'd like to announce a talk that is starting right after our class
at 5pm in HSSB 6020.
Professor of History Mary Sarotte (University of Southern California) will
talk about the dramatic events of 1989. Drawing on newly released documents
from Washington, Moscow, Warsaw, East Berlin, Bonn, and London, Professor
Sarotte shows how U.S., Soviet, British, French, West German, and East
German leaders competed to advance their visions for post-Cold War Europe.
The decisions they made had far-reaching consequences and helped to shape
the era we inhabit today.
For more information: http://www.history.ucsb.edu/events/event.php?event_id=152
Feb. 11, 2009: Q5 and supplementary pdf available. Q5 is available
on the Gauchospace course website. I have also made a separate pdf of pp.
106-141 (and the prologue) of Josie Levy Martin's book, which is available
there as well (the initial portion is on eres, password: front).
Your insight and question from Josie's reading can be based on that selection
as well, but it must not be.
See you in class on Thursday
Feb. 24, 2009: Q6 due Thu. now available. Q6 is now available
on Gauchospace, due by Thursday's class:
Select and briefly describe 4 incidents in The Zookeeper's Wife in which:
-individuals behave selflessly (help others at their own risk), OR
selfishly (give no thought to the consequences for others).
For each, suggest *why* they did those things (what reasons or motivations
Mar. 5, 2009: hist 133b due dates & link resources. Here
is some info on due dates:
Mar. 12, 2009, 10am: What is due today (Thu). Several people
are asking about deadlines and the file uploading. Let me try to clarify.
- Q7 is due today by class time.
- If you resubmitted to qualify for the web option and did qualify,
you have at least until Friday at 3pm to submit your supplements, until
Monday at 4pm if you need that additional time.
- If you did not qualify or do not want to do it, resubmit today (Thu)
your graded and commented essay, showing what you changed.
- If you are choosing the web option, submit today a printout of your
supplements, as well as separate printouts of any longer text passages
you are changing.
- Finally, I tried to add some information and links about writing annotations
to the Gauchospace page. If you click on the main link for this week, it
only brings up a google search result page. However, if you click in Resources
under Activities IN THE LEFT COLUMN, you will see under week 9 the full
text I wrote. You can copy and paste those links in your browser.
- I hope this is helpful, and see you later today.
Mar. 12, 2009, noon: More clarification & upload form link.
- Q8 is NOT due before class. It may be in-class or due next week.
- What IS due today IN CLASS, for those doing the web option only, is:
HAND IN THE CORRECTED WEB SUPPLEMENTS THAT I HANDED BACK TO YOU LAST WEEK.
You should have made the indicated corrections in the electronic version,
OR noted on that marked-up hard copy why you did not correct specific ones.
Be sure to sign the pledge at the end.
The electronic file (.doc or .rtf) containing your corrected web supplements
and book essay, and optionally an image, should be uploaded to Gauchospace
by 8pm tonight. If that poses a problem, let me know after class, it is
not a big deal.
- The deadline on that upload is set to Friday March 20 because those
students taking the final exam will upload a file containing their answers
to the same place. (Combining the two is the only way to manage the grading
feature in Gauchospace. Note that the points assigned for that final upload
may be changing from 25 to 20 and back to 25 at the end, when I record
the proofreading of the web option publications.)
- Let me know if you still have questions.
> Professor Marcuse,
> After looking at your e-mail I still had a bit of confusion; today
> class are we just returning the corrected web publication we received
> thursday (with marks noting we corrected it) OR printing off an entirely
> new one that is corrected.
Mar. 13, 2009: Upload page available.
- No new printout of the web supplements is necessary, just return that
hand-corrected version. HOWEVER, if you have made major changes to your
annotations, a new printout of those might be helpful for me when reviewing
them. (And might improve your grade.)
- Also, the second type of uploading, copying certain elements (book
info, about author, abstract) from your web supplements file and pasting
them into a form on a web site, is not ready yet. I am meeting with the
programmer after 2pm today to see whether/when he will have it ready. I
will update the web option folks in class today on this.
- The link itself is posted as a "resource" for this week on
Gauchospace, but here it is directly:
If you click it and it doesn't work, you may have to cut and paste it into
your browser's address window. (Or compare the email and the address window
to make sure it is going to the right place.
- For the students doing the web option, the upload form page is now
ready. The annotated bibliography part of the form was still too full of
bugs, so I just deleted it.
- I have been trying to troubleshoot special characters with the programmer,
and we did not finish, so here is some additional information:
- 1. Most of you have your word processor set to use "smart"
or curly quotes and apostrophes. These will not display properly. I would
appreciate it if, once you click Preview and notice the strange characters
that have replaced them, that you scroll down to the filled out upload
form and use the " or ' keys on your keyboard to replace them.
- 2. (especially for Darcy and Ryan O.): if you have special or non-alphabet
characters in your name, it's best just to leave them out for now. They
will generate weird characters (as in 1 above), and the filename in the
URL will simply leave them out.
- I hope this is clear. Try to upload your information by Saturday at
noon, as I will begin checking the files then. Send me an email if you
are having problems.
- I will try to get about 10 essays uploaded by the end of Saturday,
then I will be away from Sunday until late next Thursday. I will continue
the uploading on Friday, 3/20. So if you have questions, you should ask
them by Sat. at 9pm.
The announcements sent
via Gauchospace end here.
- Mar. 24, 2009: This quarter I used the Gauchospace course website,
with mixed results. Integrated email is nice, and uploading the midterm
questions is easier, but the rest can be a pain. And it doesn't make the
course materials themselves available after the course is over.
I've just updated the Student Essay Index
Page with this year's 37 essays.
Web option students should check their essays for the following,
and let me know if changes need to be made:
- Spelling of their name and the book info on the Index
- Thesis statement is bolded?
- Italics did not get lost in the conversion?
- Block quotes are still block quotes
- All external links and internal navigation links work (note
that Ebsco, Jstor etc. won't work outside of the UCSB domain). Check all
links in the bibliography, navbar link.
- Do you think the annotations in your bibliography rate an * on the
Let me know and I'll review them.
- Mar 25, 2009 [emailed via Gauchospace]: grade distribution available;
web essays ready.
- As you probably know, your grades are available on GOLD now. I have
posted the "curve" (point to letter grade distribution) on my
- There you will also find the link to the 133b web option essays index
page, with a list of a few things for you to check. If you find any problems,
let me know--since email quickly gets overwhelming, please enter your notes
on the space on the Gauchospace site. Once you give me those, I can enter
the "links last checked" date.
- Thanks, and I hope you're having a good spring break.
- Mar. 25, 2009: Here is the distribution of grades
for the Winter 2009 Hist 133b course according to the
final point distribution--without the extra credit points. (20 students
accumulated 75 extra credit points, an average of 3.75, usually raising
their grade 1 step.)
If you want to contact me, read my note on grading,
||78-79 pts=C+ 0
||74-77pts =C 2
|| 70-73pts =C- 0
With the extra credit factored in, 20 students got an A, 12 A-, and 3 B+;
the rest stayed the same. I don't give A+, sorry.
- Nov. 4, 2010: We are going to have a guest speaker on the second day of class: Christian Petry, the author of one of the best books on the White Rose student resistance group in Munich, titled (in German): Students under the Guillotine.
- Nov. 5, 2010: The required books for Winter 2011 will be:
- Germans into Nazis by Peter Fritzsche (Harvard UP 1998)
($10/19 at amazon)
- The Nazi State and German Society: A Brief History with Documents by Robert G. Moeller (Bedford/St. Martin's Series in History and Culture, 2009) ($12 at amazon)
- A course reader of photocopied essays and sources.