The goal of this course is to examine the causes, events, and consequences of the destruction of European Jewry during World War II; an event known historically as the Holocaust.

Although the class will focus primarily on events that occurred during the Nazi era (1933-45),  a certain amount of background on issues such as the history of Antisemitism (defined as hatred of Jews)  and the circumstances that led to the ascendance of Hitler will also be discussed.

This course will help you develop the critical skills needed to analyze and interpret historical processes. By the end of the quarter, students should be able to place the major events of the Holocaust into proper chronological order,  demonstrate an understanding of why and how events unfolded,  and understand the long-term effects of such things as racial policy,  war,  and social crisis.

This course is cross-listed with JUDC 3081.