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The Holocaust

HUM315

Analysis of the Holocaust--the systematic annihilation by the Nazis of nearly six million Jews as well as Roma and Sinti peoples (gypsies)--from the perspective of its victims, persecutors, and bystanders. Victims' accounts contribute to the exploration of the ghettoes, the concentration camps, and the death camps. The intention is to glean an understanding (however imperfect and incomplete) of what it was like to be in a situation where the individual's purpose was to die, soon or late, easy or hard, but to die. Exploration includes a look at the Holocaust from the perspective of the killers, who were in some sense "ordinary men." Finally, the perspectives of bystanders and "righteous gentiles" are considered. Documentaries such as Shoah, Night and Fog, and The Last Days are incorporated, as are major motion pictures such as Schindler's List and The Pianist. Also incorporated are taped interviews with survivors such as Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and music such as Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 ("Sorrowful Songs"). Students are required to record their thoughts and reflections on the Holocaust in a written journal. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL121 or ENL201. (Cultural Diversity, Writing Enriched)

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