Fall 2023

The Holocaust

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-111  |  History, as HIST-111


Adi Gordon (Sections 01, 01F and 02F)


(Offered as HIST 111 [EU/TR/TS] and EUST 111.) This course is a detailed examination of the history of the Holocaust. The Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jews of Europe was an event of global proportions and significance, which still shapes the world in which we live. In this introductory course we will interrogate the origins and preconditions of the Nazi genocide and analyze the transition of Nazi policy from exclusion and persecution of the Jews to systematic murder. We will closely study the perpetrators and try to understand how “ordinary men” became mass murderers. Students will reflect on the historical significance of the "bystanders." Throughout the semester we will pay special attention to Jewish dilemmas and conduct during the Holocaust, in response to persecution and mass murder. The Holocaust raises some of the most formidable challenges for historians. Students in this course will identify the major debates and controversies among historians and will gain a deep understanding of the nature and significance of these dilemmas of historical interpretation. Three class meetings per week.

Limited to 45 students. Fall Semester. Professor Gordon .

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to History and European Studies Majors, and then to First-Year Students and Sophomores.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Close analysis of historical evidence from the Holocaust, which may include written documents, testimonies, images, or films. Exploration of scholarly, methodological, and theoretical debates about the history of the Holocaust. Extensive reading, varying forms of written work, and some independent research. Intensive in-class discussions, debates, and group work.

EUST 111 - LEC

Section 01
M 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM FAYE 115
W 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM FAYE 115

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.

Section(s) ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
All War & Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust Lanham; Boulder; New York; London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016 Doris L. Bergen Amherst Books TBD
All Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939 New York: HarperCollins, 1997 Saul Friedländer Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Fall 2023