Narrators and Readers of the Canadian Jewish Past: A Study of Ethnic Identities and Historical Memory
Primary Sources for the Study of Canadian Jewish History (with Pierre Anctil)
Originally published in 2005 on CD ROM, now online.http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/waddington-miriam-dworkin
Research and narrative by Richard Menkis and Harold Troper.
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, opened Oct. 15, 2009 until October, 2010.
In this course we examine the attempt to destroy European Jewry during the Nazi regime. We survey the major steps in the emergence of the "Final Solution," and examine the reactions of the victims as well as the role of the bystanders. We will focus on the historiographic issues related to research in the Holocaust. These issues include: the changing interpretations of the motivations of the perpetrators; the behaviours of the victims, both in the camps and outside; the use of evidence, including the testimonies of survivors; the cultural contexts of changing interpretations and representations of the Holocaust.
In the years before the Second World War, Mussolini and Hitler were keen to export and legitimize fascism in Europe and elsewhere. Many fascist organizations took root around the world, with some achieving power and others remaining on the fringes of politics. In response, a variety of antifascist strategies and organizations emerged.
In this course, we will examine how fascism and antifascism crossed borders, reflecting on where, how and why they took hold. We will explore both the explicit and hidden support offered by Italian and German diplomatic officials to fascist groups, and the response of antifascist groups, with some investigation into the role of the USSR. We will explore how film, literature, art and sports became tools in spreading and resisting fascism. Although we will discuss the roots of fascism and antifascism, the emphasis in the course will be on the “Great Depression” of the 1930s. Among the specific events we will examine are the Italo-Ethiopian War, the 1936 Olympics, the Spanish Civil War, and the 1937 International Exposition in Paris (where both Nazi Germany and the USSR built costly pavilions, and the Spanish pavilion exhibited Picasso’s Guernica).
I regularly teach courses in medieval Jewish history (HIST341/RELG331), modern Jewish History (HIS 342/RELG332), and the history of the Holocaust (HIST 441). I have also taught a seminar course on the historiography of genocide (one of the HIST 490 offerings). I am cross-appointed to the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies. In that department, I have offered courses in Jewish-Christian Relations (RELG 309), Jewish Responses to Catastrophe (RELG 310), Jews and Judaism in Canada (RELG 312) and Concepts and Methods in the Study of Religion (RELG 370).
I am currently supervising MA and PhD students working on various topics in modern Jewish history. If you are considering working under my supervision, please feel free to contact me so that we can discuss your interests.