Holocaust reading notes

Holocaust reading notes - Jan 17 Reader Ronnie S. Landau,...

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Jan 17 Reader Ronnie S. Landau, Studying the Holocaust - Ideological Genocide: Committed with aim of promoting popular doctrine or ideology. -Retributive Genocide: Punitive murderous policy to ensure or restore the domination of one ethnic group or class within a state against the threat of a subordinate class/group - Developmental genocide: Committed with the aim of eliminating an indigenous population usually outside of political structure, which is deemed to stand in the way of colonization, settlement, or development - Despotic genocide: Committed with the purpose of demonstrating and or consolidating power by the use of force against both potential opponents and population at large -all types leave out cases of foreign powers engaged in war, notably the US in Vietnam who were accused of genocidal war crimes against natives -classic examples of genocide potential situations didn’t turn genocidal because: -ruling class economically dependent on ruled majority for labor -subject to behavioral constraints b/c they’re under scrutiny of white “civilization” and perceived themselves as part of moral/cultural framework. - characteristics of genocide: the motivation and ability to carry it out, victims collectively are defined, selected, isolated from non-victims, and then obliterated, deliberate and systematic -only the state is powerful enough and fully equipped to carry out true genocide, but most would never do it. They need something more: -they need a catalyst: something extraordinary event/development which will transform a “normal” situation into a truly genocidal one. -may be external to both the perpetrators and victims (i.e. economic crisis, drought, famine, disasters) -the state must be convinced that this crisis can only be resolved by exterminating its victim group (dehumanization) Jan 22 Reader Selections from the New Testament: Matthew 27 -Chief priest and Elders plan Jesus’ death -Judas the traitor felt guilty and hanged himself -Jesus brought before Pilates, the governor, and Jesus refused to say much -Governor’s custom to release one prisoner chosen by the people: it was between Jesus Bar-Abbas and Jesus called Messiah; ppl convinced by priests and elders to release Bar-Abbas and crucify Jesus. -Pilates finally gave in and let them crucify Jesus along with 2 bandits on either side of him -At the moment of his death there was a huge earthquake and God’s saints awoke from the dead. -Women who followed Jesus: Mary Magdala, Mary, mother of Joseph and James, and mother of sons of zebedee. -Joseph, a disciple, took his body and laid it in his stone, unused tomb.
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2009 for the course JS 211g taught by Professor Gillerman during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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