R Hilberg: 'The Discovery of the Holocaust'
The module takes place on Tuesdays, 14:00-16:00, in room H2.02 (Humanities Building)
Please note: The seminar reading is, at this point, illustrative; some titles might still change. You should also expect having to do some additional background reading!
Lecture: Anti-Semitism before 1933
Materials for lecture 2: Grosz: Stützen der Gesellschaft & images NS regime
(Background reading: Benz, chapters I-IV.)
Seminar: The ideological roots of Nazi racism and anti-Semitism
(Michael Burleigh, Wolfgang Wippermann, “Barbarous Utopias: Racial Ideologies in Germany”, in The Racial State, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)
Materials for lecture 3: Euthanasia
(Background reading: Benz, chapter V-VII.)
Seminar: Social history – Sources of consent in the German population
Detlev Peukert, “Contradictions in the mood of the 'little man'" and "The Führer myth and consent in everyday life", in Inside Nazi Germany: Conformity, Opposition and Racism in Everyday Life , London: Penguin, 1987.
Lecture: 'War of Extermination' in the East
(Background reading: Benz, chapter VIII-IX.)
Materials for lecture 4: War of Extermination
(Eberhard Jäckel: ch. 3 + 4 (extracts), in Hitlers Weltanschauung: Entwurf einer Herrschaft, München: DVA, 1981)
Lecture: Wannsee conference; SS and other main agents
(Background reading: Benz, chapter X.)
Materials for lecture 5: Wannsee conference
Facsimile of the Protocol of the Wannsee Conference
Seminar: Hitler’s role: ‘Structuralism/Functionalism’
(Martin Broszat: “Hitler und die Genesis der ‘Endlösung’: Aus Anlaß der Thesen von David Irving”, in Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, no. 4, Oct. 1977)
[A translation is available here if you have trouble understanding certain passages in the German text, but please note that everybody has to read the German version, which will be the basis for seminar discussion and assignments!]
Week 6: Reading week
Lecture: The system of the camps; life and death in an ‘Arbeitslager' (the example Neuengamme); profit and extermination.
(Background reading: Benz, chapter XI.)
Seminar: The perpetrators: ‘Ordinary men’ or ‘Hitler’s willing executioners’? (Part 1)
(Daniel J. Goldhagen: Introduction and chapter 7, Hitler’s willing executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, New York: Vintage, 1997 )
Lecture: Genocide: the example Auschwitz.
(Background reading: Benz, chapter XII)
Seminar: The perpetrators: ‘Ordinary men’ or ‘Hitler’s willing executioners’? (Part 2)
- (Christopher Browning, “One Day in Jozefow: Initiation to Mass Murder”, in Peter Hayes (ed.), Lessons and Legacies: The meaning of the Holocaust in a changing world, Evanston/Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1991
- Christopher Browning, “Ordinary Germans or Ordinary Men? Another look at the perpetrators”, in Donald G. Schilling (ed.), Lessons and Legacies: Teaching the Holocaust in a changing world, Evanston/Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1998 )
Week 9: Lecture: Film (extracts from Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah)
Additional film clips
Bystanders: Beautiful Jewesses
Victims: Abraham Bomba interview
Perpetrators: Walter Stier
Seminar: Discussion of issues raised by the film
Lecture: The aftermath
Seminar: National Socialism - ‘relapse into barbarity’ or ‘the dark side of modernity’?
(Zygmunt Bauman, Modernity and the Holocaust, Cambridge: Polity, 1989, chapter 1)