HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL

2291 - The Holocaust and the Phenomenon of Genocide

Erich Goldhagen


Feb. 7 Introduction
 
Feb. 14 a. Dehumanization and Scapegoating

b. The Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism
 
Reading: Bandura, "The Disengagement of Internal Control" (Sourcebook)
Allport, "The ABC's of Scapegoating" (Sourcebook)
Dawidowicz, Ch. 2
Dimsdale, Ch. 2 (Sourcebook)
 
Feb. 28 a. The Ethos of Nazism

b. The Role of Hitler
 
Reading: Goldhagen, "Nazi Sexual Demonology" (Sourcebook)
Ruth Benedict, Race: Science and Politics (On Reserve)
Dawidowicz. Ch.1; Chalk and Jonassohn, pp.323-377
Goldhagen, "Obsession and Realpolitik in the 'Final Solution'" (Sourcebook)
Goldhagen, "Speer, Himmler ... " (Sourcebook)
Jaeckel, Hitler's World View; entire
 
March 7 a. The Nazi Execution Squads

b. The Mentality of the Executioners
 
Reading: Hilberg, "Mobile Killing Operations" (Sourcebook)
Browning, C.R., Ordinary Men, Chs. 1-18
Zimbardo, "The Psychology of Imprisonment" (Sourcebook)
Dimsdale, Chs. 11-14, 16 (Sourcebook)
Berger, P.L., Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective, entire
Milgram, "Behavioral Study of Obedience" (Sourcebook)
 
March 14 a. The Nazi Concentration Camps

b. Human Behavior in Catastrophic Situations
 
Reading: Dimsdale, Chs. 4, 6, 9, 10 (Sourcebook)
Levi, P. Survival at Auschwitz, entire
Frankl, V.E., Man's Search for Meaning (On Reserve entire)
 
March 21 a. The Social World of the Ghetto

b. Onlookers
 
Reading: Dawidowicz, Chs. 9-16
Goldhagen, "The Mind and Spirit..." (Sourcebook)
 
April 4 a. The Themes of Coercion and Violence in the Communist Ethos

b. The Stalinist Terror
 
Reading: Conquest, R. Stalin, Breaker of Nations, Chs. 1-15
Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich,entire.
 
April 11 a. The Destruction of the Armenians

b. The Slaughters in Cambodia
 
Reading: Ravich, (Sourcebook); Chalk and Joanssohn, pp249-289
Chalk and Jonassohn, pp. 398-407
Kiernan, B., Boua, C., Peasants and Politica in Kampuchea, 1942-1981, Ch. 10 (on reserve)
 
April 18 a. Massacres and Ethnic Cleansing in Yugoslavia

b. Mass Slaughters in the Third World (Indonesia, Burundi and Bangladesh)
 
Reading: Misha Glenny, The Fall of Yugoslavia, entire Chalk and Jonassohn, pp. 378-397; 408-414
 
April 25 a. On Human Aggression

b. Concluding reflections
 
Reading: Storr, Human Aggression (Sourcebook)



Films will be shown on Tuesday Nights beginning at 7:30pm in the Science Center

Feb. 22 "The Eternal Jew" (Nazi propaganda Film) Science Center A

March 1

"Milgram's Experiment on Obedience to Authority" and "Europa Europa"

Science Center A

March 8

Excerpts from "Shoah"

Science Center E or B (TBA)

March 15

"The Ambulance" and "Return to Auschwitz"

Science Center A

March 22

"Rumkowski: Leader of the Lodz Ghetto"

Science Center A


  Reading List

All assigned readings have been put on reserve at the Lamont and Hilles Libraries

Berger, Peter

Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective

Browning, Christopher R.

Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

Chalk, F and Jonassohn K

The History and Sociology of Genocide

Conquest, Robert

Stalin: Breaker of Nations

Dawidowicz, Lucy

The War Against the Jews

Glenny, M

The Fall of Yugoslavia

Jäckel, E

Hitler's World View

Levi, P.

Survival in Auschwitz

Solzhenitsyn, A.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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