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History of the Holocaust

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HIS 228

       Course Name: History of the Holocaust

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course surveys the history, background, causes, events, impact, and implications of the destruction of the Jews in Europe.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A. Describe the essential historical figures, events, and ideas associated with the history of the Holocaust.
B. Describe the interrelationship among political, economic, cultural, and gender issues associated with the history of Holocaust.
C. Evaluate representative works from art, film, literature, and philosophy associated with the Holocaust.
D. Analyze primary and secondary sources related to the Holocaust.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Backgrounds to genocide and Holocaust: genocide in historical perspective. Who are the Jews and why were they targeted? Dimensions of the subject.
B.    Genocide and Holocaust as an outgrowth of the international, political, social, economic, and ideological crises of the twentieth century.
C.    Pre-war Nazi Germany: The historical setting for the Holocaust.
D.    Who was Adolf Hitler? Who were the Nazis? Rise of Nazi Germany. Nazi institutions of power and Nazi political structures.
E.    The road to the Holocaust: from persecution to mass murder, 1933-1941.
F.    The Final Solution to the Jewish question: how and why? 1941-1945.
G.    Human behavior and the Holocaust: bystanders, resistance, rescuers.
H.    Women and the Holocaust.
I.    Other approaches: studying the Holocaust in art, music, and literature.
J.    Visual literacy and oral history: the memory and testimony of the survivor. Comparisons with memories of “ordinary Germans,” and perpetrators.
K.    The Holocaust: economic, historical, philosophical, political, and social implications.
L.    The Holocaust: moral, philosophical, and theological implications.
M.    The fall of Nazi Germany and the end of the Holocaust.
N.    Historiography, outcomes, and final analysis.
O.    Holocaust denial.
P.    Post-War considerations: displaced persons and the state of Israel.
Q.    Holocaust in film.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Classes will include a variety of instructional methods such as: lectures, in class discussions, group activities, document and film analysis, guest speakers, and the use of new technologies.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be required to:

A.    Read a standard textbook and research materials.
B.    Write outside of class the equivalent of 13 15 double spaced typed pages in the form   of a term paper, summaries of journal articles, short research papers, and/or other         kinds of writing.
C.    Complete quizzes, worksheets, a midterm, and a final exam;
D.    Distinguish between primary and secondary sources as the foundation of modern historical scholarship;
E.    Interpret primary sources critically by analyzing their historical contexts;
F.    Formulate historical interpretations and defend them critically with reference to primary and secondary sources; and incorporate into historical interpretations as an understanding of historical causation knowledge of important figures and events and their chronological relationship to each other and an awareness of the contingent relationships using several variables;
G.    Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

At least two exams will be given.

Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out-of-class assignments.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.