Jews and the Holocaust

Rennie Brantz
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MWF 12:00-12:50 pm
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The Nazi Holocaust remains a watershed event in human history. It raises fundamental questions about human nature, modern society, and our potential for destruction. In our search for answers this semester, we will examine the origins, nature, and meaning of the Holocaust. Class readings, discussions, and written assignments will focus on the rich and diverse cultural traditions of Europe’s Jews; the nature of modern anti-Semitism and its role in the rise of Hitler and the Nazis; the reality of the Third Reich and its racial persecution; Nazi implementation of the Final Solution during World War II; the Jewish experience of war, ghettoes, and death camps; Jewish resistance and survival strategies during the Holocaust; the difficulties encountered by Jewish survivors; and the meaning of the Holocaust for Jews, Israel, and the world today. The purpose of this course is to understand why such a horrific tragedy like the Holocaust could happen and how this experience can be used to explore more peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of future genocides.


Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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