FSEM 100H3 | Holocaust in German and American Culture

This seminar explores how and why we remember the Holocaust the way we do: How does Holocaust memory in the U.S. compare to Holocaust memory in Germany? How does this memory change over generations, and why? And how do certain media shape our memories in different ways? We will study a wide range of forms that contribute to the memory of the Holocaust, including a graphic novel, a play, films, and memorials as we examine the ways in which two nations – Germany, the perpetrator nation, and the United States – struggle to come to terms with the violent past. We will analyze the categories of perpetrator, bystander, and victim, and we will discuss concepts of guilt, responsibility, complicity, and atonement. This seminar includes a trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Photo of Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich, Assistant Professor of German

Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich, Assistant Professor of German

I have been teaching German language, literature, and culture at Mary Washington since 2011, after I finished my PhD in German at the University of Virginia. I am fascinated by how memory is cultivated and passed down from generation to generation, and how it may be manipulated to serve different agendas. I love to travel, and spend a lot of time in Germany, Austria, and Israel, which has taught me much about the ways that memory may be used to secure a better future but may also be abused by those in power.