Used by permission: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

HUM245: Introduction to Holocaust Studies

Official course description: Introduction to the Literature of the Holocaust. Provides brief theological, political and social background to establish the context
of anti-Semitism, especially in 19th and 20th centuries, with particular attention to National Socialist ideologies. Emphasis on literature of the Holocaust, including fiction,
creative non-fiction, and poetry, much of which involves theological and moral debate. Includes analysis of supplementary performing and visual arts.
Prerequisites: None. CRE101, or CRE111, or Reading exempt placement test score recommended but not required.

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Instructional Activity


April 26, 2014
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Student Orientation

Prepare students for international travel: behavioral expectations, what to bring, logistics, textbooks required, and additional readings, go over course syllabus and assign readings. Overview of Prague’s history and culture.

Introduction to class; syllabus reviewed. including required textbooks. Homework given for Monday, June 2

Prague is waiting!

June 2
9am -12:00pm

Please note: These Monday and Tuesday dates are tentative and will be finalized on April 26.

First day of class

Canvas and Gateway library access introduced.

(Please note that only a representative sample of the required work is shown.)
Images: Chapter 1 “Rumblings of Danger” Introductory lecture of the topic given with emphasis placed on a background of the topic. 

Death and his hourglass on the famous
Town Hall clock in Prague

June 3
9am -12:00pm

Second day of class

The Nazis Come to Power
Lecture Discussion

Burning books in Berlin, 1933.

Used by permission of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

June 5

Depart Phoenix for Prague



June 6

Arrive in Prague



June 7

Breakfast and  Walking Tour of Prague

A general overview of historical and cultural sites in Prague

Prague skyline with St. Nicholas Cathedral.

June 8

Free day

June 9
9:00am - 12:00pm


Orientation with NYU college staff and instructors, Tour of NYU college facilities. Cultural training and practical information on health clinics, pharmacies, emergency contact information, grocery stores etc.


What doors will you open during your stay?

2pm- 4:30pm   Film: Nicky's Family

June 10



Images: Chapter 2 “In Hiding”*
*”Images” always means a Lecture/ Discussion class format

What "ghosts" took their places among the living?

June 11
9am - 11:30am










Images: Chapter 3 “Fleeing for their Lives”


In the backstreets of Prague.

2 pm - 4 pm Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Guest lecture by Dr. Rick Pinard; “Life and Death for the Jews of Prague”

Followed by a brief visit to the New Jewish Cemetery



A Film Unfinished

June 12

Prague Castle

Guided tour of Prague Castle


At the gates of Prague Castle.

2pm - 4pm   Film: Arek Hersch : A Detail of HIstory

June 13





Visit UNESCO World Heritage site, Česky Krumlov


Česky Krumlov skyline.

Česky Krumlov castle garden fountain.

Saturday & Sunday
June 14 & 15

  Free Time

June 16
9:00am -11:00am

11:30am - 1:30pm







Dr. Jiří Pehe
Part 1

Images: Chapter 4 “Surrounded by Ghetto Walls"

Preparation for visit to the Jewish Quarter


The ancient Jewish Cemetery

The Spanish Synagogue and the Franz Kafka Sculpture

June 17
8:00am - 5:00pm



Meet at Florenc metro station to catch bus?

Guided Tour of Terezín Concentration Camp and Small Fortress

Possible voluntary “Camp Diet” participation?

The main square in Terezin

June 18
8:45am— 11:45am



Tour of the Jewish Quarter


On the edge of the ancient Jewish ghetto.

1:30pm   Images: Chapter 4 “Imprisoned in the Camps” Part 1

June 19



Images: Chapter 5 “Imprisoned in the Camps” Part 2


Photograph from the window of a comfortable train, traveling east to Poland.

App: 10pm

Depart Prague for Krakow
Train station


June 20



Arrive Krakow app 6am

Go directly to the hotel for breakfast; then very brief neighborhood orientation

Inside the museum of "Krakow under Nazi Occupation 1939-1945"

9:30am -2:00pm

Meet at hotel at 9:30 am

Visit significant Jewish Quarter landmarks on the way to the “Schindler Museum” — the Museum of Life in Krakow under the Nazi Occupation

Possible lunch together to “debrief” in old Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz with further information given on museums and exhibitions here.

On Friday or Sunday, students should be sure to visit Pomorska Street Gestapo Headquarters Monument and Museum.

June 22
8:00am - 6pm


Meet at hotel at 8am




Bus to Auschwitz/Birkenau for extended guided tours of the camps; students also to attend workshops in selected barracks

What would you write for this caption?

July 21     


Free Time

Free time to take advantage of local culture, such as museums, art galleries and churches
Optional excursions include
Wieliczka Salt Mine (A UNESCO site)
Plaszow Concentration Camp site

Village of Osweciem

A courtyard at Wawel Castle in Krakow

App: 10pm

Depart Krakow for Prague

June 23

Arrive Prague app 6am



The dreadful "Biograf" room

No class, but…

Meet at St W. Square

Tour of Gestapo Headquarters

June 24
9:00am -12:30pm







Reactions to Poland trip
Perpetrators and Bystanders

Lecture / Discussion

Who would you have been in the Hall of Mirrors of the Third Reich?

June 25
9:00am -11:30pm


Images: Chapter 6 “Resisting Evil”

A plaque and picture here commemorate the rescue of hundreds of Kindertransports,
organized by Sir Nicholas Winton.

2pm-4:30pm   Film: A Film Unfinished

June 26
9:00am -12:30pm


Images: Chapters 7 and 8“Liberation”;
and “The Days After”

Just how welcome were the people who returned?

June 27 - 29


Free Weekend
Recommendations for sight-seeing will be provided.



June 30
9:00am - 11:00pm



11:30am - 1:30pm





Dr. Jiří Pehe
Part II


Images: Chapters 9 and 10 “A Mosaic of Courage”; “Echoing Reflections”



Oskar Schindler's typewriter and desk.

July 1
9:00am -12:15pm

Meet at Dejvická metro station to take bus?

Visit Lidice Memorial


The Memorial for the Children of Lidice

6:00pm - 9:00pm?  

Farewell Dinner Cruise on the Vlatava

A last look at Prague

July 2
9:00am -11:00am



Presentation of “Shoebox” Projects

A student takes the "Shoebox Assignment" literally! :)

July 3
Depart Prague and Arrive in Phoenix