Spring 2017 - HIST 401 D100

Problems in Modern German History (4)

Daily Life in 3rd Reich

Class Number: 3968

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5009, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Lauren Rossi
    Office: AQ 6233
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including nine units of lower division history and one of HIST 224, 225, 332 or permission of the department.



An examination of major debates concerning the history of late-nineteenth and twentieth century Germany. Themes may include the nature of German modernity, interpretations of the Third Reich, or German memory after the Second World War. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 401 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught.


Problems in German History: Daily Life in the Third Reich

The struggle to understand the Third Reich’s state-sanctioned campaign of mass murder and genocide, including mass shootings and death camps, has preoccupied historians since 1945. The role of the German population, those “ordinary Germans” who had no direct connection either to the state or to the killing apparatus, persistently raises questions about the idea of “daily life” in a dictatorship; issues of awareness, consent, complicity, and resistance; the categories of bystander, eye-witness, and onlooker; and to what extent indifference was as essential as hatred for the Holocaust to occur.

This course considers state policy and social behavior to examine what daily life looked like for Germans and Jews in the Third Reich; how Nazi Jewish policy evolved over time and in response to specific contexts; and how Germans understood and came to terms with the persecution and destruction of European Jews.


  • Participation 20%
  • Book Reviews (two) - 20% each 40%
  • Final Research Project - annotated bibliography 10%, final paper 30% 40%



Saul Friedländer, Nazi Germany and the Jews (1998 & 2008 - 2 volumes)

Peter Fritzsche, Life and Death in the Third Reich (2008)

Robert Gellately, Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany (2002)

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