Course Syllabus

This course examines the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust against the backdrop of global trajectories of antisemitism, colonialism, racial science, and economic crisis. Major themes include the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany; the sources of Nazi antisemitism; the role of race, gender, and disability in the Nazi state; the origins of World War II; the decision to annihilate European Jewry; collaboration and resistance during the Holocaust; the relationship between statelessness and genocide; and postwar legacies. Special attention will be paid to primary sources and methods of analyzing testimonies by Holocaust perpetrators and victims.