Narrators and Readers of the Canadian Jewish Past: A Study of Ethnic Identities and Historical Memory
New approaches to the study of the "liberation" of survivors of the Holocaust.
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 will explore how fascism and anti-fascism became global movements, reflecting on where, why and how they took hold. . We will study how Italian and German diplomatic officials, as well as various party officials, tried to influence German and Italians abroad and to mould public opinion about fascism and Nazism. We will also study the variety of groups who resisted fascism, including the complex role of the USSR and the Comintern. We will evaluate how sports, film and literature became tools in spreading and resisting fascism. Among the specific events that we will examine are the Italo-Ethiopian War, the 1936 Olympics, the Spanish Civil War, the 1937 International Exposition in Paris, and the first years of the Second Sino-Japanese War.
In this course we will study the private and public lives of Jewish men and women from 1500 to the present. We will encounter the experiences of the Jews by contextualizing and analyzing the memoirs of Jews from each century. We begin with the major upheaval of Jewish life in the late fifteenth century, when Jews were expelled from most of western Europe, move to the promise and challenges of emancipation in the eighteen and nineteenth centuries, progress to the upheavals of mass migration from eastern Europe to the western hemisphere, and conclude with the reactions to the greatest catastrophe in all of Jewish history, the Holocaust.
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.
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.