History and Literature of the Holocaust

Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin once said, “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” That statement offers some insight into why the death of more than six million Jews, Gypsies, and others during the Holocaust is so difficult for many people to understand. But the Holocaust was both a statistic and a tragedy. This course will provide a deeper understanding of the Holocaust by looking at both its development and its implementation from historical and personal perspectives by combining historical research with memoirs and fictional accounts written by victims.

Live Classes: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Student Expectations: Each student will choose a survivor’s story and write a report discussing that person’s Holocaust experience. The students will then share the story with the other students in the course.

Student Support: The instructor will be available via email and individual face-to-face online conferences.

Materials: The required text will be The Holocaust: A Concise History by Doris Bergen. Students will also explore documentaries and survival testimonies available on the internet.

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