Thursdays 1-4 PM
Instructor: Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur
Office: 113 South Court, x 4219
Office Hours: Drop-in
Tuesday and Thursday
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after 4; and other times if necessary.
Description: 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?
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. If you are not familiar
with Holocaust history, I'd encourage you to spend some time with this
website to orient yourself to the historical background behind what we
discuss in class.
For class on April 24th, you should visit the
websites of various Holocaust museums and memorials. This page provides links to many of these.
If you need a refresher on sociological citation
formats, a style
guide is available.
Internet research materials are available on the research links page; google and other standard
internet research techniques are especially unreliable in conducting
Holocaust research and are likely to result in locating error-laden or
fraudulent information or sites run by Holocaust deniers.