Teaching about the Shoah
Organizacijska jedinica
Katedra za judaistiku

The aim of the course is to acquaint the student with the history and causes of the Shoah: historical perspectives on the Jewish life before and during the Shoah, the Shoah in European and Israeli memory, and teaching the Shoah in the 21st Century.

This is a course that is elective to both Judaic studies and History students and it equips students with knowledge and skills to approach the study of the Shoah, particularly from a historian's perspective.
  1. Course description, overview of bibliography and introduction to methodology on “What Do We Know about the Shoah/Holocaust?”
  2. Emancipation, Assimilation and Jewish Identity from the Enlightenment to the Nazi Era
  3. The Structure of the Jewish Community between the two World Wars in Croatia and its South-East European surrounding
  4. From Modern Antisemitism to Nazi Ideology
  5. From the Rise of the Nazi Party in Germany to the “Operation Barbarossa”
  6. The Jewish Community in the Independent State of Croatia during the Shoah/Holocaust
  7. The Place of Jasenovac and the System of the Croatian USTASHA in the History of the Shoah/Holocaust / Alternative: The Importance of the Ustasha Case-Study in the Comparative History of the Shoah
  8. The Shoah/Holocaust and Genocide in the 21st Century
  9. The Shoah/Holocaust as Memory Forming Event – Concepts of Collective Memory
  10. The Shoah/Holocaust in Eastern European Cinema – Concepts of Visual Memory
  11. Commemoration and Memory in Post-Communist Countries – Concepts about Nationalization of Memory
  12. The Role of the Eye-Witness and the Eichmann Trial in the Memory of the Israeli Society – Concepts of Communicating Memory
  13. Text and Context: Why Should We Teach the Shoah/Holocaust?
  14. How Can We Teach in an Interdisciplinary Approach?
  15. Conclusion remarks

Ishodi učenja
  1. to explain the main ideas, concepts and themes of studying Jewish civilization: history, religion, tradition, philosophy, culture and identity
  2. to independently analyze and explain the complexities of Jewish societi(es) and cultures during different historical periods and modern Israel
  3. to set/identify a specific research problem and plan its implementation and analyze the results of research using the methodologies of humanities and digital humanities
  4. to use, formally and independently, one's own knowledge, work and competencies for independent work in the field of Judaic studies
  5. to be acquainted with the complexities of Jewish identities from the period of the Jewish Enlightenment and Emancipation to the Nazi era, with the emphasis on the Jewish community in Croatia
  6. to be able to understand how did modern Antisemitism and Nazi ideology develop
  7. to be acquainted with the period of the Shoah in wider context, in Muslim countries, but also in the territory of the NDH
  8. to be able to explain the similarities and difference between the Shoah and later Genocides
  9. to be acquainted with the Shoah in European and Israeli memory with the special emphasis on the Commemoration and Memory in Post-Communist Countries
  10. to be acquainted with Teaching the Shoah/Holocaust in the 21st Century and able to explain why should we teach the Shoah and how can we teach in an Interdisciplinary approach
Metode podučavanja
Lectures; Presentations; Classroom discussion; E-Learning (Omega, etc.). Online live streaming lectures.
Metode ocjenjivanja
Weekly discussions. Essay.

Obavezna literatura
  1. Assmann, Jan and John Czaplicka. Collective Memory and Cultural Identity. New German Critique No. 65, Cultural History/Cultural Studies (Spring - Summer, 1995), pp. 125-133.
  2. Bauer, Yehuda. Rethinking the Holocaust. Yale University Press; New edition (2002)
  3. Bauer, Yehuda. The Holocaust and Genocide Today. (
  4. Browning, Christopher R. The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942 (2004)
  5. Cesarani, David. Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933−1949. London: Macmillan, 2016
  6. Friedländer, Saul. Nazi Germany and the Jews : Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939 (1998); Volume 2: Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945: The Years of Extermination. Harper Collins (2007)
  7. Gutman, Israel, Gutman, Yisrael, and Berenbaum, Michael, eds. Anatomy of the Auschwitz death camp (1994)
  8. Hilberg, Raul. Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders: The Jewish Catastrophe 1933-1945, (1992)
  9. Himka, John-Paul and Joanna Beata Michlic, eds. Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press (2013)
  10. Kershaw, Ian, The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation (2000)
  11. Longerich, Peter. Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews. Oxford: University Press (2010)
Dopunska literatura

Izborni predmet na studijima
  1. Judaistika, sveučilišni diplomski dvopredmetni studij, 1., 3. semestar
Fakultetska ponuda
  • Diplomski studij: Zimski semestar