HIST 353: The Holocaust Report a Broken Link

History 353: The Holocaust situates the Holocaust in the colonial frame, traces the parallels between the genocide of the Herero and Nama tribes in German colonies and the Holocaust, and looks at the intersections of the Holocaust and the Nakba. The course contextualizes the euthanasia program, explores Nazi colonial visions of race and space in Eastern European lebensraum, and examines links between ghettoization, Nazi resettlement policies, and genocide. The course offers insight into factors, structure, and agency behind the genocide and a bottom-up perspective on the victims, perpetrators, and collaborators. It applies an intersectional lens to understand Jewish victims’ experience of the Nazi oppressive power structures. In particular, the course scrutinizes agency through the lens of sexuality, sexual violence, and sexual barter and offers insight into dehumanization and desexualization as a means of control of prisoner populations of Jews and Roma but also the population on the margins of scholarly attention such as forced sex workers, young German female asocials, political prisoners, former prostitutes, and Polish female prisoners in concentration camps. The course concludes by looking at how the settler colonial mindset infiltrates the Holocaust histories and pedagogies and examines the benefits of approaching the Holocaust memory as multidirectional rather than competing.

Unit 1: Definition of Genocide—Situating the Holocaust in the Colonial Context

Unit 2: From the "German Catechism" Debate to the Holocaust and Nakba

Unit 3: Victims of a Racial State—from Imperial Germany to the Third Reich

Unit 4: Antisemitism—Origins, Paradigms, and Problems of Definitions

Unit 5: Jewish Victims’ Agency within the Power Structure of the Nazi Regime—Intersectional Approach

Unit 6: State Destruction and Double Occupation—Structural Factors behind the Genocide

Unit 7: Colonization, Resettlement, and Expulsion—Nazis as Demographers

Skip section in this chapter titled “The Army: From Abdication to Complicity,” pp. 72–81.

Unit 8: Ghettoization and the Failure of Nazi Resettlement Policies

Unit 9: Nazi-Soviet War—Radicalization and the Final Solution

Unit 10: From Auschwitz to Lety—Dehumanization and Desexualization in L’Univers Concentrationnaire

Unit 11: Taboo and Agency—Sexuality, Sexual Violence, and Sexual Barter

Unit 12: Perpetrators—Ordinary Men or Willing Executioners?

Unit 13: Collaboration and Collaborationism in History and Memory

Unit 14: The Holocaust in the Twenty-First Century—Anxious Histories, Multidirectional Memory, and Settler Colonial Forgetting