Spring 2020

Representing and Judging the Holocaust.

Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-356

Formerly listed as: LJST-56


Lawrence R. Douglas (Section 01)


(Research Seminar) This seminar will address some of the foundational questions posed by radical evil to the legal imagination. How have jurists attempted to understand the causes and logic of genocide, and the motives of its perpetrators? Is it possible to “do justice” to such extreme crimes? Is it possible to grasp the complexities of history in the context of criminal trial? What are the special challenges and responsibilities facing those who struggle to submit traumatic history to legal judgment? We will consider these questions by focusing specifically on a range of legal responses to the crimes of the Holocaust. Our examination will be broadly interdisciplinary, as we compare the efforts of jurists to master the problems of representation and judgment posed by extreme crimes with those of historians, social theorists, and artists. Readings will include original material from the Nuremberg, Eichmann, and Irving trials, and works by, among others, Hannah Arendt, Zygmunt Bauman, Christopher Browning, Primo Levi, and Art Spiegelman.

Limited to 15 students. Spring Semester. Professor Douglas.

If Overenrolled: priority given to LJST Majors

Cost: $47.00 ?

LJST 356 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 02:30 PM - 05:15 PM CLAR 100

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Eichmann in Jerusalem Penguin Hannah Arendt Amherst Books TBD
War and Genocide Rowman & Littlefield Doris Bergen Amherst Books TBD
Ordinary Men Harper Collins Christopher Browning Amherst Books TBD
The Right Wrong Man Princeton University Press Lawrence Douglas Amherst Books TBD
Hitler's Willing Executioners Alfred Knopf Daniel Goldhagen Amherst Books TBD
The Drowned and the Saved 1st Vintage Edition Primo Levi Amherst Books TBD
Maus: A Survivor's Tale, Part I 1993 Pantheon Art Spiegelman Amherst Books TBD
Maus: A Survivor's Tale, Part II 1993 Pantheon Art Spiegelman Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2011, Spring 2016, Spring 2020