While Jews were the primary targets of persecution, Nazi racial and political ideology motivated the regime to attack other groups as well. The physically and mentally disabled, political opponents, homosexuals, members of selected religious groups, Afro-Germans, Roma, Poles, and other Slavs were all persecuted by the Nazis. Organized thematically and loosely chronologically, this course spans from the Nazi rise to power through the end of WWII to examine the ways members of these groups were targeted by the Nazi regime and some of their responses to persecution. The course will conclude with a brief unit on the postwar focusing specifically on some of the difficulties surrounding commemoration and national memory of the Holocaust and WWII.
Note: Master's students should register for HGS 634. Doctoral students should register for HGS 734.