Course Description: This course will explore the literature written by or about the men, women, and children who endured the Holocaust. Through the reading of essay, short stories, journals, poems, and novels, students will gain an understanding of the almost incomprehensible events known as the “Final Solution.” The class will examine tremendous acts of heroism and horrendous acts of evil, and in the process, consider morality, racism, prejudice, apathy, and obedience to authority. By studying how victims of the Holocaust dealt with deprivation, terror, and death, students will gain insights into a significant historical period, the dark side of human nature, and the enormous power of the human spirit in times of incredible despair.
Comments: Junior elective.
UC / CSU Approved