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Fall 2017-2018
COM 362 / CHV 362 / GER 364 / ECS 362 (EM)   na, npdf

Stolen Years: Youth under the Nazis in World War II

Froma I. Zeitlin

COM 362 examines the gendered experiences of childhood and adolescence under the Nazis in World War II as witnessed, remembered, and represented in texts and images through a variety of genres and different nationalities. We include historical studies, diaries, testimonies, memoirs, fiction (semi-autobiographical or otherwise), photos, and film (documentary and feature) of 1st and 2nd generations. While we focus on struggles for survival and their traumatic aftereffects among Jewish youth, who were specific targets of genocidal policy, not just unintended victims, we will also attend to the experiences of others in the occupied countries.

Sample reading list:
Magda Denes, Castles Burning
Michal Glowinski, The Black Seasons
Louise Murphy, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel
Imre Kertesz, Fatelessness
Alexandra Zapruder, Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust
Aharon Appelfeld, Tzili: The Story of a Life
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading averages 200-250 pages per week (occasionally more or less). Attendance at weekly evening films. Brief written weekly responses for discussion (15%). Short midterm essay, film journal (35%), and final paper. Open choice of essay topics, in accordance with students' individual interests.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 35%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Attendance at seminars and films..

Other information:
Anne Frank (Dutch) and Elie Wiesel (Hungarian), two 16-year olds in 1944, are probably the best-known adolescents of this time. But our reading introduces a host of other remarkable voices that attest to the creative power of the word to grapple with the extraordinary and often unspeakable. Films have their own role to play and include contributions from Japan, Russia, Poland, Hungary, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, China, Israel and Italy.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 3

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21808 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:25 Limit:24 Closed
21809 F01 7:30 pm - 9:20 pm M        Enrolled:25 Limit:24 Closed