School of History, Art History and Philosophy

1938: Kristallnacht (V1330)

Time and Place: 1938: Kristallnacht

Module V1330

Module details for 2011/12.

18 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

During the night of the 9th of November 1938 SS and SA forces launched an assault on German Jews, their property, their synagogues, and their businesses. This so-called 'Kristallnacht' can be understood violent rehearsal for the Holocaust which Nazi Germany started three years later. It also marks the end of over a century of a prolific and (mostly) peaceful coexistence between Jews and Christian non-Jews. The history of their mutual relation since the early 19th century is the subject of this course. It focuses on the complex processes of political emancipation, of social integration, and of cultural adaptation through which Jews became an integral part of the German political, social and cultural life. At the same time, these processes left no aspect of Jewish existence - religious, economic, social and cultural - unchanged. To explore this, the course will concentrate on the period between the mid-19th century to the beginning of the Holocaust, emphasizing Jewish life in Imperial and Weimar Germany as well as under Nazism. Issues of Jewish identity are going to be discussed as well as aspects of modern anti-Semitism. The course should enable students to appreciate this history of Jewish/non-Jewish relations in its richness, alongside its problematic aspects leading up to 1938 and Holocaust.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, a successful student should be able to:
1) understand a historical moment by reference to the particular context in which it occurred;
2) communicate the importance of locality in history, and the specificity of particular historical events;
3) supply evidence of these skills in essays that distil information provided in course lectures and for class discussion;
4) undertake a sustained argument largely based on secondary sources but also using a limited amount of primary material.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Essay PlanSpring Week 9 100.00%
Essay (3500 words)Summer Term Week 5 Thu 16:0090.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring & Summer TermsSeminar2 hours010101010100
Spring & Summer TermsLecture1 hour111111111100

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Gerhard Wolf

Convenor, Assess convenor

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