DE3B01 Holocaust 2

Faculty of Education
Spring 2023

The course is not taught in Spring 2023

Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
prof. PhDr. Petr Kaleta, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Zlatica Zudová - Lešková, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Petr Kaleta, Ph.D.
Department of History - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: PhDr. Kamil Štěpánek, CSc.
Supplier department: Department of History - Faculty of Education
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 35 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/35, only registered: 1/35, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 1/35
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to explain the Holocaust and the history of the Jewish resistance movement. The aim of this subject is to provide wider and deeper information about the causes, course and impacts of the European holocaust (Shoa, Pojarmos) during the Second World War, focusing on the situation of Jews, Romanies and other persecuted groups of population, which became the victims of the nazi racial principle, raised into a political programme and later also the state doctrine in the German empire and the countries conquerred by the Nazis. Attention will be paid to the destinies of the persecuted, but also to the attitudes of the persecuting, who are fully responsible for the terrors of the holocaust. Main accent will be placed on the destinies of the Jews and Romanies (in the former Czechoslovak) lands of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and in the Slovak State. Substantially wider attention will be also paid to the history of the Jewish resistance, both in the European and Czechoslovak (Czech and Slovak) context.
Learning outcomes
They will acquire knowledge of historical processes, facts and phenomena and the basic terminology of the field. It can characterize the key features of historical development. Controls the basics of heuristic work. It is orientated in historical literature. He is able to create expert text on a given topic.
  • 1. Holocaust and resistance movement – fundamental components of our state and national history. 2. Antisemitism - historic roots and causes of its attractivity for Europe of the 20th century. 3. Building of nazi totality – racial principle, theory of “inferior” race, protection of racial purity, atmosphere of fear and propaganda, concentration camps and similar camps. 4. Jews and Romani in Europe – race-related legislation in Germany, Crystal Night. 5. Jews and Jewish organizations in 1933 to 1939 (plan for emmigration of European Jews, attitude of the European Great Powers towards the Jews’ destiny). 6. Place of Jews, Romani and other groups determined by the Nazis during the war years of 1939 to 1945. 7. – 10. Aryzation, ghettoization, mass executions, deportations – means of holocaust. 11. Extermination camps – final solution to the Jewish and Romani case. 12. – 13. Jews opposing their fate, Jews in the Czech and Slovak national resistance movement (in illegal resistance organizations of Politické ústředí; Obrana národa; Petiční výbor Věrni zůstaneme; the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and Slovakia; Demec; Justícia; Flóra; JaR). 14. Jewish opposition – the youth movement Hašomer Hacair, Bnej Akiva and Makabi Hacair and united Jewish management of the secret Pracovní skupina (Working Group). 15. Jewish intellectuals in the Czechoslovak resistance movement in exile. 16. Czechoslovak Jewish soldiers in the armed forces of the Allies (the British Royal Air Force, the French Foreign Legions, and the International Brigades in Spain). 17. – 18. Jews in the Czechoslovak foreign (and domestic) army and the partisan movement in 1939 to 1945 (Poland, France, Middle East, Near East, the U.S.S.R., the United Kingdom). 19. – 20. Holocaust victims (death marches, homeless people).
    required literature
  • Holocaust phenomenon. Edited by Vojtěch Blodig. [Praha]: s.n., 1999. 178 s. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Final evaluation is in the form aof oral colloquium.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 4 hodiny.

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