UCSB GE 1 EW, Winter 2003
The Nazi Holocaust in History, Literature and Film
HSSB 2201, T-Th 11:00-12:15;
HSSB 4041 W 6:30-9:30 pm (Phelps 1425, Tue 6:30-9:30)

Prof. Marcuse
HSSB 4221, 893-2635
Office hours: Tues. 1-2, Wed. 11-12

GE 1 EW: The Nazi Holocaust in History, Literature and Film (final)

Course Description

In this seminar we will learn about the discipline of history by examining how the Nazi Holocaust has been represented both while it was occurring and after it ended. Our sources will include contemporary mass media reports, memoirs, films, works of fiction, scholarly books, and textbooks.
We will practice what historians do: examining primary sources, learning background information, formulating questions, conducting research, analyzing and interpreting data, and presenting our conclusions. We will tackle each of these tasks step-by-step. The course is designed for students with minimal background knowledge of the Holocaust, or of what historians do.



Exercise 1 (list of research topics): 5%
Exercise 2 (prospectus and library worksheet): 5%
Exercise 3 (10 index cards): 5%
Exercise 4 (outline, 12 book & 10 keyword cards): 10%
Timely submission of 5 pp.+outline+bibliography: 5%
Timely submission of 15 text pages: 5%
Peer review: 10%
Thesis paper and oral presentation: 5%
Final Paper: 50%

Required Books

Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (Boston: Bedford, 2001), $11 new, $8 used.
This handy little book gives advice about how one can research, organize and write a history paper. It includes examples of how to cite primary and secondary sources.

Jan Gross, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland (New York: Penguin, 2002). A historian discusses in detail the sources that document the massacre of Jews in a small Polish village in June 1941.

Course reader, available during week 4 at Alternative Copy in IV.


Jan. 7

Jan. 9


The Holocaust: overview 1

Purchase 2 course books
Read Rampolla chaps. 1 and 2, and pp. 37-40.

Jan. 14

Jan. 16

Kristallnacht: background

Kristallnacht: discussion

Read Friedländer essay (will be distributed).

First writing assignment due

Jan. 21
Jan. 22
Jan. 23

Schindlerís List: background
FILM: Schindlerís List
Schindlerís List: discussion

Reading selection (Brecher)

Reading selection (Keneally)

Jan. 28

Jan. 30

Jedwabne: discussion I

Jedwabne: discussion II

Read Gross, 1-78, map p. 153, 125-151

Read Gross, 79-124

Feb. 4
Feb. 5
Feb. 6

The Holocaust in Germany: background
FILM: Europa, Europa
The Holocaust in Germany: discussion

Reading selection: Perel

Read Rampolla, chapter 3

Feb. 11

Feb. 13

Literature of the Holocaust: Memoir

Literature of the Holocaust: Fiction

Reader #2: Primo Levi; brainstormed list of topics due

Rdr #3: Wilkomirski; Rampolla chap. 4; disc. of topics

Feb. 18
Feb. 19
Feb. 22

Anne Frank: background
FILM(s): Anne Frank
Anne Frank: discussion

Rdr #4,-6: Anne Frankís diary; prospectus due
read Rampolla chapter 5
Rdr #7: Rosenfeld on A.F.; discussion of prospectuses

Feb. 25

Feb. 27

Discussion of topics; source interpretion

Holocaust denial; writing workshop

complete draft (with published book reviews) due

Rdr #8: Lipstadt; discussion of drafts

Mar. 4
Mar. 5
Mar. 6

The Death Camps: background
FILM: Escape from Sobibor
Sobibor: discussion; oral presentations

final 5 page paper due

Rdr #9, 10: Blatt, Raschke

Mar. 11

Mar. 13

Oral presentations

Oral presentations