Jewish Studies Summer 2024 Online Bonus Course

Meets for seven Tuesday evenings, from July 2 to August 13 via Zoom, taught by Spertus Faculty member Dr. Amy Simon!

The preferred registration deadline is May 7, 2024.
See course information and register below.

For prospective students, the last day to apply to take this course is May 9, 2024.

It will not be possible to register for this course after May 24. We greatly appreciate your adherence to this deadline.

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Readings in Holocaust Diaries

Taught by Dr. Amy Simon

Course 3341.1 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fulfills MAJS Elective, DSJS Text and Elective, and DHL Text and Elective Core Reading Course.

7 Sessions | Meets Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 PM CT
July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30| August 6, 13

Written in the midst of Nazi persecution, Holocaust diaries represent some of the most poignant sources of the era. Authored from individual perspectives in real-time across the whole of occupied Europe, these writings prove particularly useful for studying and understanding the events of and personal reactions to the Holocaust. In this class, we will read Jewish Holocaust diaries written by people of different ages, genders, and in different geographical locations during the war. We will also engage secondary studies that approach important issues regarding diary writing as a genre, the individual motivations and methods of diarists, the wide variety of experiences they describe, and how their writings inform our historical understanding of the Holocaust.

Register for the Summer 2024 Bonus Course