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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Day/Date/Time

 

Activity/Location

 

Instructional Activity

 

Saturday
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!

Monday
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
(MCCCD)

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
.

Tuesday
June 3
9am -12:00pm

Second day of class
(MCCCD)

The Nazis Come to Power
Lecture Discussion


Burning books in Berlin, 1933.

Used by permission of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Thursday
June 5

Depart Phoenix for Prague

 

 

Friday
June 6

Arrive in Prague

 

 

Saturday
June 7

Breakfast and  Walking Tour of Prague

A general overview of historical and cultural sites in Prague


Prague skyline with St. Nicholas Cathedral.

Sunday
June 8

Free day

Monday
June 9
9:00am - 12:00pm

NYU

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

Tuesday
June 10
9-11:30am

 

NYU

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



What "ghosts" took their places among the living?


Wednesday
June 11
9am - 11:30am

 


 

 

 

NYU

 

 

 

 

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


2-4pm

 


A Film Unfinished

Thursday
June 12
            
           

Prague Castle

Guided tour of Prague Castle


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At the gates of Prague Castle.

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

Friday
June 13

 

 

 

 

Visit UNESCO World Heritage site, Česky Krumlov

 


Česky Krumlov skyline.


Česky Krumlov castle garden fountain.

Saturday & Sunday
June 14 & 15

  Free Time





Monday
June 16
9:00am -11:00am

11:30am - 1:30pm

 

 

NYU

 

 

 

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

Tuesday
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
.
 

Wednesday
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

Thursday
June 19

9:00am-11:30pm

NYU

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

 

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

Tonight:
App: 10pm

Depart Prague for Krakow
Train station

 

Friday
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.

Saturday
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?

Sunday
July 21     
9:00am-12:15pm

           

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

Tonight:
App: 10pm

Depart Krakow for Prague
   

Monday
June 23

Arrive Prague app 6am


 


 


The dreadful "Biograf" room

No class, but…
2-3:30pm

Meet at St W. Square

Tour of Gestapo Headquarters

Tuesday
June 24
9:00am -12:30pm

 

 

 

NYU

 

 

Reactions to Poland trip
Perpetrators and Bystanders

Lecture / Discussion


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

Wednesday
June 25
9:00am -11:30pm

NYU

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

Thursday
June 26
9:00am -12:30pm

NYU

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



Just how welcome were the people who returned?

Friday-Sunday
June 27 - 29

 

Free Weekend
Recommendations for sight-seeing will be provided.



Enjoy

 

Monday
June 30
9:00am - 11:00pm

 

 

11:30am - 1:30pm

 

NYU

 

 

Dr. Jiří Pehe
Part II

 

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

 

 


Oskar Schindler's typewriter and desk.

Tuesday
July 1
9:00am -12:15pm

Meet at Dejvická metro station to take bus?

Visit Lidice Memorial


Lidice

The Memorial for the Children of Lidice

6:00pm - 9:00pm?  

Farewell Dinner Cruise on the Vlatava



A last look at Prague
.

Wednesday
July 2
9:00am -11:00am

NYU

 

Presentation of “Shoebox” Projects


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

Thursday
July 3
Depart Prague and Arrive in Phoenix