HIST 262: History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews

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This course examines the origins and implementation of the Nazi genocide during World War II, as well as reactions of and realities for European Jews. We will explore the actions and motivations of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders in various European countries. The course also relates these onslaughts to the Nazis’ genocide of other ethnic and social groups as well as acts of genocide outside of Europe, locating them in twentieth-century world history.

Required Texts:

  • Bergen, War & Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust, 2nd edition (2009), ISBN 978-0742557154
  • Kaplan, Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (1998)
  • Glowinski, The Black Seasons (2005)
  • Niewyk, The Holocaust: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation, 4th edition (2010)

Other Required Materials: 

In addition to the readings, you will be required to view relevant films and episodes. Some of the viewings and the video game will need to be purchased in order to view/play.

  • Video Game: You will play the video game This War of Mine (11bit Studios, 2014). Three hours of game play is required. The game is available from Steam, GooglePlay, and iTunes for $14.99 or $19.99 depending on your computer platform.

View a sample course syllabus.

Contact the Friday Center at CCO@unc.edu with any questions or for more information.

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