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The Holocaust

Course Prefix: 
HI
Course Number: 
421
Course Credits: 
3

A consideration of key issues and events which led to the Holocaust, 1939-1945, the World War II era. The course examines the history of Europe between the world wars, focusing on Jews, Gentiles and Germans. The impact of the rise of the Third Reich and passage of the Nuremberg laws will be discussed, and attention is paid to the condition of Gentiles and Jews at the outbreak of the war and the shadow of death that enveloped them in Germany and the occupied countries. The implementation of the Final Solution is traced along with its ramifications for Europe. The course concludes with the process of liberation of the concentration camps by the Allies and the destiny of those who survived. Prerequisite: sophomore or departmental permission.