HST386/387: The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry

40 credits (semesters 1 and 2)

Module Leader 2019-20: Marius Strubenhoff



A pass in at least two history modules at level two.


Module Summary

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the various debates on the origins and execution of the 'final solution' in Nazi occupied Europe during the Second World War. On completion of this module, students will have attained and demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas. Firstly, an understanding of the main elements of holocaust history and a familiarity with the different methodological and historiographical debates engendered by historians over the last fifty years to explain the 'final solution'. Secondly, an ability to evaluate primary source material from the period (in translation), including film evidence where appropriate.


Teaching and Assessment

The module will be taught primarily through a seminar programme, but will also involve occasional lectures and presentations of audio-visual material.

Further guidance is provided in the module course booklet, available through MOLE.

Information on assessment can be found at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level3


Selected Reading

  • Saul Friedländer, The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945 (London: Weidenfeld, 2007)
  • Sybille Steinbacher, Auschwitz: A History (London, 2005)
  • Christopher Browning, The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939 - March 1942 (London, 2005)
  • Peter Longerich, The Unwritten Order: Hitler's Role in the Final Solution (London, 2003)
  • Götz Aly, The Final Solution: Nazi Population Policy and the Murder of the European Jews (London, 1999)
  • Philippe Burrin, Hitler and the Jews: The Genesis of the Holocaust (London, 1994)
  • Lucy Dawidowicz, The War against the Jews (London, 1990)
  • Gerald Fleming, Hitler and the Final Solution (Oxford, 1986)
  • Saul Friedländer, Nazi Germany and the Jews (New York, 1997)
  • Raul Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews (New York, 1985)


Intended Learning Outcomes
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