GERM 251: History and Memory

German 251 – History and Memory


  • Professor: Amanda Randall
  • Prerequisite: German 232 or Placement Exam level recommendation
  • Students examine the National Socialist period (1933-1945), its embeddedness in German cultural memory, and its implications for contemporary society. Students read, discuss, analyze, and write about a series of literary texts (including films) emerging from or reflecting on what historian Friedrich Meinecke called “the German catastrophe.” The course is writing intensive and includes short weekly assignments as well as several longer, multi-step writing projects. Advanced grammar review supports analytical tasks. Taught in German. Offered annually in the fall semester.