George L. Mosse
Program in History

Course syllabus:“Politics, Culture and Society in Germany Between the World Wars”

Jonathan Lewy and Udi Greenberg

The Department of History
Hebrew University
Jerusalem
2006 - 2007

First Semester

  1. Lecture: Introduction to German History Before 1914
  2. The Great War and the New International Politics
    • President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points (8 January 1918)
    • Treaty of Versailles (1919), selected articles.
  3. Revolution and the Establishment of the Weimar Republic
    • Detlev Peukert, The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classical Modernity (New York, 1992), pp. 21 - 51.
    • Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler: a Memoir, (New York, 2002), pp. 3-51.
  4. Experiencing War
    • Jeffrey Herf, Reactionary Modernism (Cambridge, 1984), pp. 70 - 108.
    • Ernst Jünger, “Fire” (1922) in Anton Kaes, Martin Jay, Edward Dimendberg (eds.), Weimar Republic Sourcebook (Berkeley, 1994), 18-20. [Henceforth WRS]
    • Ernst Jünger, “On Danger” (1931) in WRS, 369-373
  5. Popular Culture: Cabaret
    • Peter Jalevich, Berlin Cabaret (Cambridge Mass., 1996) pp. 154-186.
    • Siegfried Krakcauer, “Girls and Crisis” (1931), WRS pp. 565-566.
    • Ivan Goll, “The Negroes Are Conquering Europe” (1926), WRS pp. 559-560.
    • Joseph Goebbels, “Around the Gedaechtniskirche” (1928), WRS pp. 560-562.
  6. Elitist Culture: The Origins of the New Left
    • Max Horkheimer, “The Impotence of the German Working Class” (1927) in WRS, 316-318
    • Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorn, “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception”, in Dialectic of Enlightenment (New York, 1972), 120 – 167.
  7. Film and Urban Life
    • Fritz Lang, Metropolis (1926)
    • Kurt Tucholsky, “Berlin and the Provinces” (1928) WRS, 418-420.
  8. Crime, Madness and the New Media
  9. Radical Politics: Communists
    • Wilhelm Guttsmann, Workers' Culture in Weimar Germany (Oxford, 1990), pp. 254-314.
    • Rose Luxemburg, “Founding Menifesto of the KPD” (1918) WRP, 40-46
    • Ernst Thälmann, “The SDP and NSDAP are Twins” (1932) WRS, 327-328
  10. Radical Politics: Nazis
    • Ian Kershaw, Hitler, 1889 - 1936: Hubris (London, 1998), pp. 169 – 219.
    • “The 25 Points of the German Workers' Party” (1920) WRS, 124-127.
    • Alfred Rosenberg, “The Russian Jewish Revolution” (1919) WRS, 121-123.
  11. Radical Politics: Zionists
    • Michael Brenner, The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany (New Haven, 1996), pp. 129-152.
    • Martin Buber, “Judaism and the Jews” (1909) in Nahum N. Glazer (ed.), Martin Buber's Addresses on Judaism (New York, 1967), 11 – 21.
  12. Psychoanalysis and the Crisis of Culture
    • Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents (London, 1953 [1930])
  13. The Collapse of the Republic
    • Detlev Peukert, The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classical Modernity (New York, 1992) pp. 249-272.
    • “The Constitution of the German Republic” (1919), Articles 48, 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124, 153, WRS, 46-50.

Second Semester

  1. The Legal Revolution
    • Karl Dietrich Bracher, The German Dictatorship: The Origins, Structure, and Effects of National Socialism (New York, 1974), pp. 191 – 227.
    • Gesetz zur Behebung der Not von Volk und Reich (Enabling Act), 24 March 1933.
  2. Racial Hygiene
    • Henry Friedlander, Origins of the Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution (Chapel Hill, 1995), pp. 1 – 38.
    • Gesetz zur Verhuetung erbkranken Nachwuchses (Sterilization law), 14 July 1933.
  3. The Jewish Question
    • Saul Friedländer, Nazi Germany and the Jews (New York, 1997), pp. 145-173.
    • Reichsbuergergesetz (Reich citizenship law) 15 September 1935
    • Gesetz zum Schutze des deutschen Blutes und der deutschen Ehre (The law for protection of blood and honor) 15 September 1935
    • Gesetz zum Schutze der Erbgesundheit des deutschen Volkes (Marital Health Laws) 18 October 1935.
  4. Nazi Medicine
    • Geoffrey Cocks, Psychotherapy in the Third Reich: The Goering Institute (New York, 1985), pp. 3 – 30.
    • Hans Loehr, “The Physician Must Come to Terms with the Irrational”, reproduced in George L. Mosse (ed.), Nazi Culture: Intellectual, Cultural, and Social Life in the Third Reich (Madison,2003 [1966]), 227 – 234.
  5. Education and Everyday Life in the Third Reich
    • George Mosse, Nazi Culture: Intellectual, Cultural, and Social Life in the Third Reich (Madison, 2003 [1966]), pp. 263 – 318.
  6. The SA and the Night of Long Knives
    • Ian Kershaw, Hitler, 1889 - 1936: Hubris (London, 1998), pp. 498 - 526.
    • Ernst Röhm, “The German Revolution” [June 1933]
  7. The SS Empire
    • Heinz Hoehne, The Order of the Death's Head; the story of Hitler's S.S. (New York, 1970).
    • A translation of the SS personal file of Dr. Enno Lolling, who would become the chief inspector of sanitation in concentration camps.
  8. The Gestapo
    • Heinz Hoehne, The Order of the Death's Head: the Story of Hitler's S.S. (London, 1969), pp. 147 - 179.
    • Hermann Goering, “Decree from the Minister President of Prussia Regarding the Gestapo” (October 1934)
  9. Prisons and Concentration Camps
    • Nikolaus Wachsmann, Hitler's prisons: legal terror in Nazi Germany (New Haven, 2004), pp. 67 – 111.
    • Hugh Trevor Roper (ed.), Hitler’s Table Talk, 1941 – 1944, (London, 1973), p. 21.
  10. The Nazi State and the Military
    • Ian Kershaw, Hitler, 1936 – 1945: Nemesis (New York, 2000), pp. 1-59.
    • “German Soldiers' Oath to Hitler” (2 August 1934)
    • “The Wehrmacht Law” (16 March 1935)
  11. Body and Space in the Nazi Worldview
    • Boaz Neumann, The Nazi Welanschauung: Space, Body, Language (Haifa, 2002), pp. 100 – 132, 173 – 179. [Hebrew]
    • Leni Riefenstahl, Triumph of the Will (1935)
  12. Nazi Total Culture
    • George L. Mosse, Nazi Culture: Intellectual, Cultural, and Social Life in the Third Reich (Madison, 2003 [1966]), pp. 133 – 196.
  13. Nazi Bureaucracy and Evil
    • Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (New York, 1964) (Hebrew)
    • Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs (New York, 1970), pp. 117 - 131.
  14. A Bourgeois Revolution or Fascism?
    • George L. Mosse, Nationalism and Sexuality (New York, 1985), pp. 133 – 152.
    • Ernst Nolte, Three Faces of Fascism (New York, 1969), pp. 351 – 364.
  15. The Crisis of Modernity
    • Detlev Peukert, “The Genesis of the ‘Final Solution’ from the Spirit of Science” in David F. Crew (ed.), Nazism and German Society, 1933-1945 (London, 1994), 274 - 299.