Teaching about the Shoah

Izborni kolegij na Diplomskom studiju judaistike (zimski semestri)

The aim of the course is to acquaint the student with the history and causes of the Shoah: historical perspectives on the Jewish life before and during the Shoah, the Shoah in European and Israeli memory, and teaching the Shoah in the 21st Century. This is a course that is elective to both Judaic studies and History students and it equips students with knowledge and skills to approach the study of the Shoah, particularly from a historian’s perspective.

Upon successfully completing the course, the student will be:

  1. Acquainted with the complexities of Jewish identities from the period of the Jewish Enlightenment and Emancipation to the Nazi era.
  2. Acquainted with Jewish community in Croatia between two World Wars.
  3. Able to understand how did modern Antisemitism and Nazi ideology develop.
  4. Acquainted with the period of the Shoah in wider context, in Muslim countries, but also in the territory of the ISC.
  5. Able to explain the similarities and difference between the Shoah and later Genocides.
  6. Acquainted with the Shoah in European and Israeli memory with the special emphasis on the Commemoration and Memory in Post-Communist Countries.
  7. Acquainted with Teaching the Shoah/Holocaust in the 21st Century and able to explain why should we teach the Shoah and how can we teach in an Interdisciplinary approach.

Course description:

  • MA level
  • Winter semester on both years of MA studies
  • 6 ECTS

Week 1: Introduction to the course

Week 1: Course description, overview of bibliography and introduction to methodology on “What Do We Know about the Shoah/Holocaust?”

Weeks 2 – 8: Historical Perspectives on the Jewish Life Before and During the Shoah/Holocaust

Week 2: Emancipation, Assimilation and Jewish Identity from the Enlightenment to the Nazi Era
Week 3: The Structure of the Jewish Community during Habsburg and Yugoslav periods in Croatian territory and in the wider geopolitical context
Week 4: From Modern Antisemitism to Nazi Ideology
Week 5: From the Rise of the Nazi Party in Germany to the “Operation Barbarossa”
Week 6: The Shoah in the NDH
Week 7: The Place of Jasenovac and the System of the Croatian USTASHA in the History of the Shoah/Holocaust / Alternative: The Importance of the Ustasha Case-Study in the Comparative History of the Shoah
Week 8: The Shoah/Holocaust and Genocide in the 21st Century

Weeks 9 – 12 The Shoah/Holocaust in European and Israeli Memory

Week 9: The Shoah/Holocaust as Memory Forming Event – Concepts of Collective Memory
Week 10: The Shoah/Holocaust in Eastern European Cinema – Concepts of Visual Memory
Week 11: Commemoration and Memory in Post-Communist Countries – Concepts about Nationalisation of Memory
Week 12: The Role of the Eye-Witness and the Eichmann Trial in the Memory of the Israeli Society – Concepts of Communicating Memory

Weeks 13 – 15 Teaching the Shoah/Holocaust in the 21st Century

Week 13: Text and Context: Why Should We Teach the Shoah/Holocaust?
Week 14: How Can We Teach in an Interdisciplinary Approach?
Week 15: How Can We Teach in an Interdisciplinary Approach?