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3 Stooges in 1940 parody of Hitler
The Three Stooges in Oh, You Nazty Spy (Jan. 1940) --as Göring, Goebbels, Hitler

The Holocaust:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives

(UCSB Hist 33d)
2005 Theme: Portrayals of the Perpetrators
by Professor Harold Marcuse (homepage)
contact: marcuse@history.ucsb.edu
course e-mail: 51276-F2005@ulists.ucsb.edu (prof. use only)
new page started July 28, 2005; last updated: 3/2/06

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Old Announcements
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Course description
Student Web Projects
Index Page

Suggested Topics
Lecture outlines
syllabus, reader toc,
Handouts: journal+projects, Maus
Resource Pages
Holocaust sites
Holocaust courses
grading policies
Prof's Courses
Hist 2c, Int 94il,
33d-2002, 33d-03
133c, 133q, 133p

Announcements (old announcements move to bottom, with visitors stats)

  • Mar. 2, 2006: I'm starting a list of possible books for book essays in the "Suggested Topics" section, below.
  • Dec. 15, 2005: The final grade distribution is as follows:
                     # students 75-76pts=B+     2 55-68pts=C+   1 D    0  
    81-92pts=A     8 70-74pts=B       2               =C     0 D-  0 missing/incomplete: 0
    77-80pts=A-  13 65-69pts=B-     2               =C-   0 F    0 total: 28 students

    A: 28%; A-: 46%; B+, B, B-: 7% each
    The point ranges were 14-30 for the journals and 12-20 for the questions. The print version of the final project ranged from 15 to 20 (max); the web versions 10-12 (max). The oral final was worth 10.
  • Dec. 15, 2005, 2pm: I think I now have all of the web projects uploaded to the Projects Index Page (save one--added 1/26/06). Please check especially the links in your own project and let me know if you find any broken ones, or other problems with your page(s). I'll send an e-mail to the whole class asking you to do this once I've got the grade distribution uploaded tonight.
  • Dec. 4, 2005: Questions about points and grading? See the grading section, below.

Course Description and Goals (back to top)

Hitler Reichstag fire, Bush 911 compared
What relevance does history hold for today? It can help us to see current events in context.

This lecture course is designed for undergraduates of all disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, fine arts) with no prior college-level coursework in history. It has two goals: to introduce students to the history of one of the most complex and troubling events of the 20th century, and to explore some of the different ways people have attempted to explain it.

I define the Nazi Holocaust as a program to eradicate entire groups of people. This course is designed as an examination of a series of case studies in which methods of different scholarly disciplines are used to attempt to explain why certain events transpired as they did. Some of the core topics we will also look at are: Adolf Hitler, concentration camps, eugenics and euthanasia, Kristallnacht, hands-on murderers, and Anne Frank. In all of these cases our focus will be on portrayals of the perpetrators: how they saw themselves, how their contemporaries saw them, and how we view them today.

Course materials and lecture outlines (back to top)

Web projects: Suggested topics (back to top)

E-mail announcement list (back to top)
  • I can send message to the entire class from the u-list 51276-F2005@ulists.ucsb.edu, so my previous listserv, hist133@history.ucsb.edu, is pretty much defunct.
    (Note: currently only the professor is approved to send to the list.)

Links to interesting web sites [updated: 9/22/03] (back to top)

Some on-line Holocaust/Germany courses [updated: 9/22/03] (back to top)

Explore some of these on-line courses to see some of the different emphases set by instructors of Holocaust/Nazi Germany courses.

Materials from Prof. Marcuse's other Holocaust courses (back to top)

GRADING (back to top)

NOTE: The Fall 2002 and Fall 2003 final grade distributions are published on the old course index pages.
Grading can serve many purposes. Among them are: motivating students to do the work by providing feedback and rewarding effort, assessing how well students have done the work, and ranking students relative to each other.
I personally hate assigning grades. I'm interested in what you have to say, and want you to put in the effort to develop interesting thoughts and express them well. I hope you will be motivated to learn enough factual material to have a solid basis upon which you can develop your thoughts. If you need the prospect of a better grade to do the learning and thinking, fine. For various reasons, I have to grade to assess your work anyway (if I write letters of recommendation, for instance, I need some data on relative strengths and weaknesses, and effort expended). The grade distributions I give my courses are also monitored by the department and the University.
My bottom line: I want the grades I give to be a FAIR reflection of the effort you expended and learning you did in my class, and to give a rough indication of where you stand on those factors relative to others in the class.

If you are think your grade does not reflect your work or effort:

  • First, please note that I grade YOUR WORK, not you.
  • If you feel that the grade you received on your paper or exam does not correspond to the quality of work that you submitted, or the effort you put into it, you have two options:
    1. Print out, complete, and submit the following
      Grade Change Application Form
    2. Write a page (or paragraph, whatever it takes) explaining WHY you think your work is better than the grade assigned to it. Please refer to the blue assignment sheet (for journals and web projects), and make sure you did the assignment.
      • Then resubmit the work in question with your explanation, and I will regrade it and get back to you.
      • Be sure to put some contact address (usually e-mail) on your explanation sheet, so that I can be in touch with you.
      • Note that I reserve the right to lower your grade, if I feel that is warranted by closer examination

Picking up your work

I keep all student work for at least one quarter after the course is over. If you would like to pick up your work, please come to my office. During my office hours is usually best for me, but if you would like your work left in the envelope outside my door, or to arrange a different pick-up time, send me an e-mail or leave a note.

Old Announcements (back to top)

  • May 25, 2005: The course is full and I am keeping a waitlist. I have closed the enrollment on GOLD, so trying to get in via GOLD as spaces open up will NOT work. You need to e-mail me to get on the list. I may give some codes out in mid-June, but probably not until classes start.
  • May 12, 2005: Fall 2005 class will meet T-Th 9:30-10:45 in HSSB 4020, and W 6-9pm in Bldg 387, room 103.
    The enrollment code is 51276. If a waitlist is necessary, e-mail me and information will be posted on this page.
    Note: the syllabus (2003 syllabus) and readings will change for this new offering; information on this site should be used as a guide only!
  • July 28, 2005: I'm starting a new course page; see the Fall 2003 index page for more info.
  • July 28, 2005: I've selected the books for Fall 2005. The textbook is new this year, namely: David Engel, The Holocaust: The Third Reich and the Jews (2000) and
    Cover of Engel, Holocaust, Third Reich and Jews Art Spiegelman's Maus v.1: Cover Art Spiegelman's Maus v. 2: Cover course reader, cover (2005)
    $7-16 at amazon
    $9- at fetchbook
    $15-19 at amazon
    $6- at fetchbook
    $26?18 at AS copy
    table of contents
    Art Spiegelman's Maus (both volumes). There will also be a reader of photocopied articles.
  • Sept. 30: course reader now available at AS copy in the UCEN (not in the library), $18.
  • Aug. 8, 2005: You can do price comparisons for purchasing all three course books together on-line at www.booksprice.com (click on "compare all in my cart" at bottom). If you find this service useful, please let me know by e-mail, otherwise I'll discontinue offering the link.
  • Aug. 8, 2005: Several special events have already been scheduled--some outside of the Wed. 6-9pm time slot usually reserved from them. Please make a note of: Walk on Water (2004) film poster
    • Deborah Lipstadt, a noted expert on Holocaust denial, will be in Santa Barbara on Tuesday Sept. 27, for an honorary luncheon at the Four Seasons/Biltmore ($162 admission...). I'm going to see whether she might be available for a public lecture as well. [was not possible]
    • Sept. 29: Israeli film "Walk on Water" (2004, 103 mins.) at 7:30pm, Campbell Hall. See imdb Walk on Water page for more info (see especially the discussion threads). (blurb in Arts & Lectures fall film program)
    • Field trip to LA on Oct. 16, 8:00am depart, 6pm return at UCSB.
    • Nov. 30: Prof. Laurence Baron, SDSU, will lecture on a theme from his book Projecting the Holocaust into the Present: The Changing Focus of Holocaust Feature Films Since 1990 (2005)(publisher's book page; $30 at amazon)
  • Sept. 28, 2005: I've update the website with the 2005 syllabus, journal & final project assignment handout, and reader table of contents.
  • Oct 3, 2005: L2-3 outline (Hitler) now available (some links to materials on my Portrayals of Hitler page may not work yet--it is still under construction)
    • warm-up assignment for L4 (Tue, 10/4): apply EIEIO model to the causes offered by Engel in chaps. 3 & 4
    • remember to be reading Maus--we'll begin the discussion this Thursday
    • Film Wed. 10/5, 6:30-8:30pm: Escape from Sobibor. This is a riviting film about resistance in the extermination camps. (see the imdb plot summary)
  • Oct 6, 2005: For next Tuesday, Oct 11: Journal entries 1 & 2 due; midterm question 1 (on Maus--see syllabus if you don't know what the "Qs" are). We will begin class with a discussion of Maus, so please bring your books and see the Maus resources page.
    I will post a preliminary version of the Camp system lecture on Friday noontime, and update it next Monday. [10/9: sorry, life intervened, will post Monday]
    Finally, from now on all Wed. films will start at 6pm (not 6:30, as in the syllabus).
  • Oct 11, 2005: I have uploaded an unfinished page for the concentration camps lectures.
  • Oct. 13, 2005: if you missed class today, you should e-mail me a list of topics that would interest you for the final project. On Tuesday we will be forming provisional groups.
  • Oct. 13, 2005: Field trip--meet Sunday at 8am at the UCSB bus loop (near Kerr Hall & old gym).
  • Oct 19, 2005: Q2 on Thursday, be sure to read the Friedländer text in the reader (R4). Also bring a list of some topics you're interested in writing about for the final project.
    (Sorry I'm so far behind with putting the lecture notes on the web site. I'll try to catch up over this coming weekend.)
  • Oct 24, 2005: Earn $100 for photocopies of your lecture notes! The disabled students office (1201 SAASB) will pay that amount to a student who provides timely photocopies of their notes. Stop by their office to complete an application asap! (Nov. 8: still available!!)
  • Oct 26, 2005: on Thursday, 10/27:
    • journals are due. You should have about 4 entries by now
    • we will have midterm Question 3 (focus on Rumkowski, Perechodnik, and Markle pp. 45-52 (essays 7-9 in the reader).
    • Be sure to read nos. 7-10 in the reader
  • Oct. 27, 2005: The Milgram film will be available in the language lab in Kerr Hall (2nd floor), from around noon today (Thursday) until sometime next week.
  • Oct. 28, 2005: Lecture notes for L9 & 10: Victims and Perpetrators, available.
  • Nov. 2, 2005: Q4 on Thursday--be sure to read ALL of the Anne Frank texts and essays in the Reader (R11-R15). Think about what Otto Frank said & did, and what was happening in Oct/Nov. 1942. Be prepared (with questions and issues) to discuss those essays.
    • The movie tonight will begin at 5:50pm sharp and end at 9pm. If you don't want to miss the beginning, you'll have to come a little early.
  • Nov. 10, 2005: The two webpages I recommend for guidelines about evaluating web sites are:
    • UC Berkeley library: Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask (detailed how-to guidelines and explanations)
    • New Mexico State library's "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources" page has 5 Evaluation Criteria (checklist with brief rationale).
    • I encourage Ika Hugel-Marshallyou to attend the Monday, Nov. 14, 4pm talk by Ika Hügel-Marshall: "Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany," followed by a discussion. 1001 Life Sciences Building (on the UCen road beyond the Psych building, next to Lot 7).
      Ika Hügel-Marshall's translator, Dagmar Schultz, is also the co-producer of a 28-minute film, "Hope in my heart: The May Ayim Story", which is a documentary on the life and untimely death of Afro-German poet May Ayim. The film will be screened following Ika Hügel-Marshall's lecture. Dagmar Schultz will introduce the film and be available for the discussion afterwards.
  • Nov. 10, 05: I've only just started the Anne Frank lecture notes, but some of the images will be available starting Thursday evening. 9pm: done.
    • Revised final project deadlines:
      Draft projects due Thursday, Nov. 17 (will return on Tues, 11/22)
      Final versions due Tuesday, Nov. 29.
  • Nov. 17, 2005: Those who were in class and at the movie know of these scheduling changes, so let me finally make them official:
    • Complete final project drafts are due Thursday, 11/17.
    • I will not be able to hold office hours on Monday or Tuesday, or return the commented drafts until after Thanksgiving break. (However, I will be at my office hours on Wed., 11/23, 1-2pm.)
    • On Tuesday, 11/22, we will not have a lecture, but there will be an opportunity for you to meet with your group in class to finalize and resubmit your proposal--either during class time (to my TA), or by e-mail before Wed. at 2pm, or in person at my office hours on Wednesday, 11/23, 1-2pm. (Slip it under my office door if you come earlier.)
    • I will return these drafts on Tuesday, 11/29, in class, noting whether the project will qualify you for the oral final exam option.
    • Tuesday, 11/29: Journals 7 & 8 due.
    • Wednesday, 11/30, 7pm, HSSB 4020: Prof. L. Baron, "Holocaust Comedy Films"
      Possiblity of "take-home" Q5: write an additional brief journal article on Prof. Baron's talk.
    • Thursday, 12/1: Final version of final projects due.
  • Dec. 3, 2005: Long time no updates, sorry.
    • Final Exam, and Web Details handout now available.
    • Oral finals schedule is as follows:
      Mon. 10-11: Holly, Rachel, Alex, Justin (Church resistance)
      Mon 11-11:30: open
      Mon 11:30-noon: Danielle (children of Nazis)
      Mon noon-1: David, Stephanie (Eichmann + trial)
      Mon 1-2: open
      Tue 11-12:30: Kristine, Ruth, Diane, Gabriel, Mark (Jewish survival)
      Tue 12:30-2: open
      Wed. 8:30-9:30: Melissa, Daniella, Melanie, Claire (Uganda)
      Wed. 10-10:30: Denise, Sara, Lindsey (Cambodia)
      Wed. 10:30-11:30: Rosie Nicole, Amber (Women in resistance)
            note: the preceding group may run longer, so I'm leaving a buffer afterwards, or if you
                    contact me, we can just make it 11-noon instead.

      Wed noon-12:30: Jenn, Megan (analogies)
      Wed. 12:30-1: Jodi (medical trials)
      Wed. 1-2: open
    • NOTE: On the web project handout in timeline number 4 I ask for BOTH the commented draft of your project that I returned to you, AND an electronic .doc or .rtf version of the final corrected draft.
      Please bring these to your oral final appointment.
  • Dec. 6, 2005: New projects being added to projects index page: Christian resistance, Children of Nazis, Eichmann, Jewish survival,

author: H. Marcuse

visitors since
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(this counter counts each unique computer only once per day)
1860 at start of Fall 2003 classes

usage during Fall 2002:
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usage during Fall 2003:
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[assuming only students checked the site, which, given the 6-9 hits/day after the course was over, isn't quite true]

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