Holocaust and Genocide Studies

An exploration of Jewish rituals and traditions, including in-depth examination of holidays and life-cycle events utilizing historical and contemporary religious and descriptive texts. Examined will be basic theological principles of Judaism, historical and contemporary diversity within Jewish religious practice, and belief and culture. Fall.

Survey of the social, political, and cultural experience of the Jewish people throughout the world, beginning with the Roman expulsion from their homeland in 70 C.E. and working forward to the events that led to the Holocaust and the formation of the State of Israel in the 20th century. Spring.

Examines the culture of European Jews before the Holocaust and literature that reflects the destruction of that culture in World War II. Includes texts by such authors as Ida Fink, Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, Nelly Sachs, Imre Kertesz, and Jurek Becker. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Cross-listed as IHENG 251. Spring.

Examines the genocide and mass murder committed by the Nazi regime during 1939-45. Also surveys long- and short-term factors, including World War I and Germany's failed post-war democratic experiment, which help explain the consolidation of a racially based totalitarian regime. Cross-listed as IHHIST 252. Spring.

How did women's Holocaust experiences differ from those of men? An interdisciplinary exploration of gender in Central European families, ghettos, camps, and resistance, this course examines connections between the Holocaust and present-day manifestations of anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, and nationalism. Readings are drawn from history, women's studies, and Holocaust memoirs. Cross-listed as IIWGS 254. Occasionally.

This course identifies and studies deliberate measures aimed at the annihilation of an economic, ethnic, political, religious, or cultural group before and after the term "genocide" was coined in 1944 by Raphael Lemkin. Students will undertake an interdisciplinary examination of the historical and political development of the concept of genocide. Fall.

Jewish Music from biblical times to the present. Includes liturgical, cantorial, holiday, folk, and concert music; Israeli, Yiddish, Klezmer, and contemporary synagogue music; choral tradition and music of the Holocaust. Fall, Spring.

An in-depth study of the links between religion and violence, examining the Holocaust as a paradigmatic case while exploring other representative cases of religious violence. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring, even years.