622013 Philosophy of Science: "Everything turns": Raul Hilberg and the Holocaust Research

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Philosophy of Science: "Everything turns": Raul Hilberg and the Holocaust Research
UE 2
each semester

Understanding of scientific and theoretical issues through reading and discussing selected classic and/or innovative texts of historiography, knowledge of research trends, critical evaluation of paradigms.

Raul Hilberg (born in Vienna in 1926 and deceased in Burlington 2007, Vt./USA) had been driven out from his home with his parents by the Nazis in 1938 and fled to the USA. He was one of the first researchers to work on the secured Nazi files in Washington and became a globally respected Doyen of Holocaust research with his opus magnum "The Destruction of European Jews" (1961, dt. 1982). He has set standards up to this day. Translated into numerous languages, it is one of the classics of historiography.

In this course we will read and discuss in class selected texts by Hilberg and about Hilberg, published in a reader, with the aim of practicing scholarly questions, gaining knowledge of the development lines of the Holocaust research and learning how to criticize paradigms. OST (original soundtrack of films and audio documents) are also used.


Active participation: Read Read Read, attend the course regularly, participate in the discussions and
submit a written summary of a text from the reader of at least 2 - 3 pages (1.5 line spacing, 12 point pts) presented as a short abstract

lead a discussion: written preparation of 3 - 5 questions addressed to the speakers, selection of a central text paragraph (as a copy for all to bring along) plus comment and moderation of the discussion
final essay: at least 4 pages per person (1.5 line spacing, 12 point writing).


Detailed bibliography, video and audio documents will be presented at the kick-off course on March 22, 2017, and will be available in the contemporary history office.

For SKZ 603 old: no registration requirements; for 603 new: positively graduated PM 1; for SKZ 313 none.

Online-enrollment required, starting on Feb 1, 2017.
A reduced workload applies for students of the Curriculum BA History (2009) .

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Date Time Location
Wed 2017-03-22
12.00 - 13.30 40628 UR 40628 UR Barrier-free
Mon 2017-05-15
09.00 - 13.00 40628 UR 40628 UR Barrier-free
Tue 2017-05-16
08.30 - 12.00 40628 UR 40628 UR Barrier-free
Wed 2017-05-17
08.30 - 13.00 40628 UR 40628 UR Barrier-free
Thu 2017-05-18
08.30 - 13.00 40628 UR 40628 UR Barrier-free
Fri 2017-05-19
08.30 - 13.00 40628 UR 40628 UR Barrier-free