The Holocaust: History, Historiography, Memory

Unit code : HIST31492
Credit rating : 20
Teaching period(s) : Semester 2

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  • Training in critical thinking
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Debates on sensitive and political issues
  • To promote the mastery of a discipline (history) with the help of auxiliary disciplines (such as visual studies, anthropology, law, …): attention will be given to knowledge, epistemology and methodology
  • Raising awareness of social, political and environmental issues. Enhancing the sense of social responsibility
  • Consciousness of the values of cultural diversity, commitment to human rights, equality and equal opportunity regardless of gender, race, disability, religious or other beliefs, sexual orientation or age

Objectives (Learning outcomes)
  • A general knowledge of the Holocaust and the position of Holocaust studies within the field of genocide scholarship
  • How to analyse diverse documents and to comprehend the way they are produced and the moral issues at stake
  • Work in group
  • Work in an interdisciplinary setting
  • Navigate the Internet and database of historical documents
  • Critical analysis of documents and testimonies found on the Internet
  • Introduction to digital humanities
  • Knowledge in history in order to inform current political and social debates.


  • the moral issues at stake with the studies of mass violence and genocide
  • understanding of state persectution
  • minority rights.
  • Work in groups
  • Navigate databases
  • Uses of digital resources
  • Knowledge on the production of electronic files and documents.
  • Communication skills: presenting, advising others, writing and editing
  • Organisation skills: follow through, meeting deadline, planning, time management
  • Interpersonal skills: relating with other members of the team, motivating people, resolving conflicts, being a team player
  • Some computer skills, searching the web in an organised web
  • Teamwork skills
  • Creativity skills

Assessment methods
Jean-Marc Dreyfus:Unit coordinator
Written exam:40%
Written assignment (inc essay):60%



Source analysis in class (finalised after the class) of serveral video testimonies (groups of 3-4 students) - electronic presentation (2000 words) - 30%

Essay - 2000 words - 30%

Exam - 2 hours, 2 questions - 40%

Course unit overview

More and more, the Holocaust is perceived and assessed as one of the seminal event of the 20. Century in Europe. If its consequences were not clearly embraced in the immediate after war, the long shadow of genocide shapes today’s culture and politics.

This course aims at presenting some main themes in the growing field of Holocaust studies. Themes will be on the Holocaust itself, its general interpretations, the question of victims, of perpetrators, the technologies of mass killings, but also on the consequences of genocide (justice, memorials, testimonies). It is a history class, with some interdisciplinarity: politics, literature, psychology will also be used in class.

When traditional teaching in Holocaust studies separate the Holocaust itself from its aftermath (consequences, representations, cultural studies of the Holocaust), this course module intends to unify the two sides of the topic.

Topics are both thematic (such as ‘Jews in Germany from 1933 to 1941’) and transversal (such as ‘Holocaust testimonies’)

A specific attention will be dedicated to the digital aspects of Holocaust learning, documentation and memory.

Teaching staff
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Seminars - 33 hours

Teaching and learning methods

Preparation of each class will consist on some reading (about 30 pages a week). Texts will be made available on a digital form via Blackboard.

The lecture will be accompanied by a PowerPoint (also mada available on Blackboard).

Documents studied in class will be varied: from video recording, short films, legal texts, photos, etc. to database.