This course focuses on literary and cinematic representations of the Holocaust from postwar to contemporary Germany. The course aims to broaden students’ knowledge of the Holocaust and intends to provide them with a more profound understanding of the complex moral, historical, and aesthetic issues involved in the artistic representation of Nazi genocide. In addition to films on such topics as the Ghetto existence, the making of a concentration camp commander, and acts of resistance to Nazi persecution, the course includes the discussion of literary fiction and historical and theoretical texts. Beyond the analysis of individual texts and films we will address such overarching issues as the relationship between artistic and historical truth, the representation of the Holocaust in the two media, and the nature of Holocaust memory and memorialization. Taught in German.
Satisfies the Franklin College Literature requirement.