240, Spring 2006: E4TBA
2006 Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur. Contact
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 PM
Powdermaker Hall, Room 118
The Holocaust was an extreme and a unique event in
human history. But it was hardly a “historical accident”. Over a period
of little more than a decade, Jews, homosexuals, Roma, political
adversaries, and mentally and physically disabled people were
systematically marginalized and later murdered. This immense act of
destruction required the co-ordination of millions of peoples’ actions.
How could this happen in the twentieth century, at the height of modern
western civilization, in a country respected for its achievements in
the arts, in literature and in philosophy?
This question remains challenging to us today. Have we fully understood
what made this event possible? What are the implications of the fact
that this happened for our assumptions about modern society? How can we
as citizens learn lessons from the Holocaust and how do we include them
in our everyday practice? The course asks systematically over the
course of a semester: how could this happen and what can we learn about
modern social life—including contemporary U.S. society—by looking at
evidence about the Holocaust?
- Queens College Library Reserves Site--the
password for the coursepage is art240. This page also shows you how to
set up a proxy in your browser so you can access electronic materials
- Information about local Holocaust memorials,
for writing and citations in sociology, based on the American
Sociological Association writing guide.
the plagiarism detection service. The class ID is 1428124 and the
password is yadvashem. You have to be registered for the site--to
ensure that you are, please keep your email address current with me.
- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a
great encyclopedia on its website that can help you get started
in researching many aspects of the Holocaust.
Classes, Readings, and Assignments
(readings marked "RP" are available in the photocopied
|Class Topic, Readings, and
Meeting (no readings assigned)
|Why Study the Holocaust in
Weissmark, "Introduction" (RP)
Simmel, "The Metropolis and Mental Life" (RP)
Baumann, "The Scandal of Ambivalence" (RP)
Browning, "The German Bureaucracy and the Holocaust" (RP)
Weber, "Bureaucracy" (RP)
Gilman, "Are Jews White?" (RP)
Horkheimer & Adorno, "Elements of Anti-Semitism" (RP)
Goldhagen, "Introduction" & "Explaining the
Perpetrators' Actions" (RP)
Elias, "Introduction" (RP)
Browning, "Ordinary Men" & "Afterword" (RP)
Arendt, "The Perplexities of the Rights of Man"
Krause, "Statelessness Today" (RP)
*First Paper Due
Wyman, "Background" & "The War Refugee Board"
|International Aspects II
Wyman, "Conclusion" & "Afterword"
Todorov, "The Perils of Judgment"
Todorov, "Neither Heros Nor Saints"
|The Concentration Camp II
Todorov, "Neither Monsters Nor Beasts"
|The Logic of
Marx, "Wage Labor and Capital" (RP)
Hilberg, "Aryanizations" (RP)
|The Logic of Profit II
Pross, "Taking Stock" (RP)
Hays, "Commerce and Complicity" (RP)
Aly and Roth, "Introduction," "Statistics on
Jews," & "The Value of a Human Being" (RP)
Black, "France and Holland" (RP)
Proctor, "The Destruction of 'Lives Not Worth
Benedict, "Caring While Killing: Nursing in the Euthanasia Centers" (RP)
Misterlich, Excerpts from the Doctor's Trials (RP)
Ethics of Using Data from Nazi Experiments" (available online only)
Arendt, "The Accused," "An Expert on the Jewish
Question," "Duties of a Law-Abiding Citizen,"
& "Judgment, Appeal, and Execution" (RP)
Glass, "Two Models of Political Organization:
Collaboration Versus Resistance" (RP)
Todorov, "Nonviolence and Resignation" & "Forms of Combat"
|Resistance and Solidarity
Tec, "Jewish Resistance in Belorussian Forests:
Fighting and the Rescue of Jews by Jews" (RP)
Nieberger, "An Uncommon Bond of Friendship: Family and Survival in
|Varieties of Responses
After Auschwitz" (RP)
Todorov, "Telling, Judging, Understanding"
Attend a Yom HaShoah Service
*Second paper due
Segev, "Prologue: Ka-Tzetnik's Trip" (RP)
Speigelman, "Auschwitz (time flies)" (RP)
Misztal, "Theorizing Remembering" & "Memory
and Trauma" (RP)
Young, "Introduction" (RP)
Segev, "Holocaust and Heroism" (RP)
Young, Excerpts from The Texture of Memory & At
Memory's Edge (RP)
Visit a Holocaust museum or memorial
Douglas, "Did Six Million Really Die? Holocaust
Denial and the Law" (RP)
Shermer & Grobman, "How Deniers Distort History" (RP)
Douglas, "Didactic Legality and Heroic Memory" (RP)
Douglas, "The Shrunken Head of Buchenwald" (RP)
|Course Review and Summary
Todorov, "Notes on Morality"
*Third paper due
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