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.
Browning, Christopher R., and Jürgen Matthäus. “The Search for a Final Solution through Expulsion.” The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939–March 1942, 36–110. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.
Skip section in this chapter titled “The Army: From Abdication to Complicity,” pp. 72–81.