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German FINAL REVIEW QUESTIONS - Prof Andrew Donson German...

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Prof. Andrew Donson German 376 / History 387: The Holocaust as History Final Examination Review The final examination is 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6th, in Hasbrouck Lab Addition 124. By popular demand, the question pool for the final is smaller than it was for the midterm. The questions on the exam will be drawn from this pool. Students will choose five of nine questions that will appear on the exam. Students should consult the lecture outlines to answer the questions on the lectures. Browning, “One Day in Józefów” 1) What does the narrative of Police Battalion 101 tell us about how and why the Holocaust happened? “War Diary of Blutordensträger Felix Landau,” in Bartov, ed., pp. 185-203. 2) What does this diary tell us about how and why the Holocaust happened? Birn , “Revising the Holocaust” 3) What were the main arguments of Goldhagen’s Hitler’s Willing Executioners ? Offer four criticisms that Birn makes of Goldhagen’s book and the evidence she offers to support her arguments. Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz 4) Why did Primo Levi in Survival in Auschwitz devote such a substantial analysis to the economics of the camp? How did this analysis relate to his views on the Holocaust more generally? Devoted such a substantial analysis to the economics of the camp because it is so remarkable that they were able to sustain a black market situation in the camp, and produce a shopping place in the camp. Its also interesting to know how much an object was worth and what one could get for it. Theft was a huge governing distribution of goods, Many would hide stolen things, and then sell them on the black market. It is interesting to see how one can sustain such a market in such awful conditions, and also interesting that some of the camp officials were involved. Primo Levi, “The Gray Zone,” in The Holocaust, ed. Bartov. 5) How were the men who served in the “Special Squad” ( Sonderkommando ) at Auschwitz in this gray zone? Who was Chaim Rumkowski? How was he in “the gray zone”? They were in the gray zone because it combined those who were once servants into a higher authority. This caused much confusion for those in and around the special squad. Cham Rumkowski was the president of the ghetto, and he was in the gray zone because he was Jewish and even directed Jewish charities before being put into a 1
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concentration camp. He was obsessed with power which most likey caught the Nazi’s eyes, they knew he would do anything to keep and obtain power. Zucotti, Italians and the Holocaust 6) Identify five reasons for why fewer Jews were deported in Italy than in any other country except Denmark? 1. The holocaust began later in Italy. 2. With the defeat of the Germans in Russia, North Africa and Sicily, Italians figured that Germany would be defeated soon, and therefore many Jews decided to hide.
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