Monday, 26 September 2011

Assignment 3

This assignment has had to be modified as a result of the students' failure to prepare last week. 


1) Read and watch the material.

2) Please take notes as you are reading and watching the material. I will look at these notes. Make sure they are good.

3) Please be prepared to answer questions about the material either orally or in writing.

Here is your assignment for next Monday, 3 October

Primary source: "The Wild Place" readings (sent to you again, this time as pdf)

Film: "The Search" (1948)

Background reading: Last week's assignment in Judt (Chapter 1)

For sections Wednesday and Thursday, 5 and 6 October:

Main book: download pdfs here: Judt, Chapter 2 (about retribution after the war)

Documents: download pdfs here: Rogers, pp. 486-500 (related to retribution)

Film: Judgment at Nuremburg,
186 min., leave plenty of time, though you are only required to watch half for this week! It is a veritable classic. Available in many pieces on YouTube, or one of your classmates will arrange a copy:

Monday, 19 September 2011

Assignment 2

For sections on Wednesday and Thursday (21 and 22 September):
- Come prepared to write 10-15 minutes about the film "Come and See", analyzing it as a document
- Come prepared to talk about the film. Take notes when you are watching it.
- Remember the map quiz. Be prepared for a map quiz on Monday.

For Monday, 26 September:

- Map quiz: Be prepared for a map quiz on Monday.
- Judt chapters assigned last time

- oral history readings assigned last time

For sections Wednesday and Thursday (28 and 29 September):

- film "The Search" (1948, with Montgomery Clift - disc left with your teal-haired classmate, Natalia?)
- readings from Kathryn Hulme, The Wild Place, Chapters 1-4, pp. 5-43. About UNRRA DP camp. (I have given the scans to Lucia)

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Assignment 1

Иди и смотри, 1985

Reading: Materials from Judt book and oral history reader that Lucia has copied for you and posted.

Film: "Come and See" ("Иди и смотри", perhaps better translated "Go and Watch"), by Elem Klimov, 1985, 142 minutes (disc that Aron has taken from me has only part 1 - watch online instead). Take notes while you watch the film and be prepared to write short comments about it at the beginning of sections next week.

Here you can watch the entire thing online:

For those who are interested: You can find an interview about this film with its director (Klimov) here: - 3 parts

Note: To turn on the English subtitles, click on the "CC" in the corner of the video window. Interview has three parts.

Reminder: No class on Wednesday for Group 1, no class on Thursday for Group 2 (holiday).

Monday, 12 September 2011

Seminar on Postwar European history

First meeting Monday, 12 September 2011, from 10.30 to 12.00 in the Johnson Room. Afterwards, I will post the syllabus and other information on this website for your convenience.

The entire class, which will be split into two groups, will meet on Mondays, 10.30-12.00.  Group 1 will meet on Wednesdays from 13.00-14.30, and Group 2 will meet on Thursdays from 13.00-14.30.

No class on Thursday, 15 September, which is the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows, patron saint of Slovakia. (Illustration: Wikipedia. Master of the Stauffenberg Altarpiece, Alsace c. 1455.)