Memories of Jewish Eastern Europe
This course explores American and European memory of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before and during the Holocaust. Beginning with an introduction to memory studies and a definition of working terms, this course examines the topic through diverse media such as literature, museums, testimonies, photos, cookbooks, and ghost stories. Introductory readings on Eastern European Jewry will provide the historical background to discuss the memories formed in American and European communities. The class will serve as an introduction to historical research with different types of sources and the (de-)construction of historical narratives. This seminar will be conducted in discussion style with group activities, and active participation of every attendee will be expected. Assessment will be based on active participation in class, weekly response papers or quizzes, and a term paper.