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UCSB Hist 133D, Winter 2010
The Holocaust in European History
Girv. 1112, Tue. & Thu. 3:30-4:45

Prof. Marcuse
HSSB 4222, no phone
Office hours: Mon. 4-5, Wed. 1-2pm

The Holocaust in German History: 2010 SYLLABUS
(pdf print version; Schedule of Topics)

Course Description and Goals (back to top)

There are many reasons to study the Nazi Holocaust, which I understand to be the systematic, state-run mass murder of entire groups of people. In this course we will not only study what happened, but also investigate why those events happened. My courses also emphasize historical skills: finding, assessing and interpreting historical sources, and presenting the results of research.

Your Contribution (Requirements) (back to top)

  1. Attendance. I expect you to attend all classes and scheduled evening events. Why take a course if you don't make the effort to learn what it teaches? Lectures include images, videos, discussion and information not available elsewhere. Participation counts for 5% of the course grade.
    • If you wish to have an excused absence, including undocumented medical absences, you must inform me by e-mail or phone message before the class in question begins.
  2. " Midterm exam"--8 questions.There will not be a formal midterm examination. Instead, you will be asked to write a short text (200-300 words) on questions about the assigned readings or films, roughly once each week. These eight questions may be announced in advance and submitted on GauchoSpace. They are worth 40% of the final grade.
    • This is a lot--and plays a large role in determining your final grade.
    • Make-up questions are in general not possible; absences should be reported in advance.
  3. Book essay, comprised of a proposal (1-2 pages), essay , and a revised version (1800 words, 5-6 pages). This paper is based primarily on one book, but requires some research. (See the blue Book Essay handout)
    The proposal is due Thursday, Jan. 28; the essay Thursday, Feb. 18; and the revised version Tuesday, March 9, always at the beginning of class.
    All together the proposal and essay draft and revision count for 5+20+5=30% of your final grade.
    • Note : This course fulfills the General Education writing requirement. If you do not submit the book essay, you will not receive creditfor this course (i.e., you will fail).
  4. A take-home final examination will have 3 IDs chosen from 9, and one essay question. The final is worth 25% of your total grade. The exam will be available in the last week of classes.
    • No-exam option: Students receiving a B+ or better on their book essay may opt out of taking the final exam. If you choose this option, you must submit, on March 4, an about the author paragraph, an abstract, and a 5-10 item annotated bibliography/linkography.
    • By March 12, you will need to upload corrected and revised electronic versions for publication on the course web site. Details will be available on a separate web option handout (2008 version).
    • Students who write outstanding essays may presenttheir work orally in class.

Grading: (back to top)
is on a point system. You can accumulate up to 100 points, distributed as follows:
participation: 5; eight questions: 40; proposal+book essay+revision 5+20+5=30; final exam or web option: 25. Work submitted after 3:30pm on the due date will lose one point per day.

Required Books (they are also on reserve in the library)

  1. Textbook: Ronnie Landau, The Nazi Holocaust (I.Dee & IB Tauris, 1994/2002 & 2006) D804.3.L344 1994 ($5 used/17 new at amazon)
  2. Peter Fritzsche, Germans into Nazis (Harvard, 1998) DD238.F74 1998 ($9/19 at amazon)
  3. Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor's Tale, vols. I & II (1986, 1991) ($18-20 combined)
  4. Additional readings available on GauchoSpace and/or eRes at the library: eres.library.ucsb.edu/eres/coursepass.aspx?cid=*, password: ?

Hist 133D, Winter 2010
Schedule of Lecture and Assignments

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Please note: The professor reserves the right to make changes in topic and due date as necessary.







5 Jan .

7 Jan

Introduction: Why study the Holocaust?

Causes of Genocide and Target Group

Textbook chaps. 1+2, 3-47.



12 Jan.

14 Jan.

The European Context I: Colonialism & Namibia

The European Context II: WWI and Armenia

Textbook chap. 3, pp. 48-74

Text ch. 4,. 75-112, start Fritzsche



19 Jan.

21 Jan.

The German Context: The Role of World War I

The Rise of the Nazis, 1920-1933

Fritzsche pp. 3-136

Text chap. 4, pp. 75-112; App. D



26 Jan.

28 Jan.

The Nazi Consolidation of Power, 1933-1936

Adolf Hitler, Architect of Genocide?

Fritzsche pp. 139-235
Thu: book proposal due
Text pp. 183-192+Appendix C



2 Feb.

4 Feb.

Anschluss, "Munich" and Kristallnacht
Wed. 6-9pm: film Anne Frank (189 mins.)
Anne Frank's Diary as Holocaust Literature
(optional films at the SB Int'l Film Festival)

Text ch. 5-6, p. 115-148; App. E
Wednesday evening film

weekend: start Maus



9 Feb.

11 Feb.

Racism, Eugenics and "Mercy Killing"

World War and Ghettoization; Discussion of Maus

online reading
Text chap. 6, pp. 148-160
Maus, vols. 1+2 (entire)



16 Feb.

18 Feb.

The Wannsee Conf. & Techniques of Mass Murder

Auschwitz and the Concentration Camp System

Text chap. 7, pp. 161-180+App. A

Thu: book essay due

VIII - 15


23 Feb.
23 Feb
24 Feb..

The Perpetrators
Tue. 7x pm: lecture by Prof. Ursula Mahlendorf
Discussion with Prof. Mahlendorf

Textbook chap. 9, pp. 222-242
Tuesday evening lecture
online reading



2 Mar.
3 Mar.
4 Mar.

Resistance to Nazism
Wed. 6pm: film Uprising (177 mins.)
German and International Bystanders

Textbook chap. 8, pp. 192-221
Wednesday evening film
Thu: web option supp. due



9 Mar.

11 Mar.

End and Aftermaths

Conclusion: Genocide and European Traditions

Textbook ch. 10, 243-265+App. B
Tue: revised book essay due


19 Mar.

Friday, by 4pm: Final Exam due in HSSB 4222

take-home exam

Policies (back to top)

  • Plagiarism & academic dishonesty--presenting someone else's work as your own, or failing to credit or attribute the work of others on whom you draw (including materials found on the web)--is a serious academic offense, punishable by dismissal from the university. It hurts the one who commits it most of all, by cheating them out of an education. I report offenses to the university authorities for disciplinary action.
  • Cell phones ringing in class are an annoyance and distraction for me and other students.
    If your phone rings during class, I will stop the lecture and answer your call myself.
    Hay: no text messaging either--it is very rude and distracting to those around you.

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