Representations of the Holocaust: Bearing Witness is not required. Basic knowledge of Holocaust facts and some familiarity with Holocaust literature is recommended. This course focuses on memoirs and literary accounts of the Holocaust written several decades after the war, as well as on contemporary debates about the nature of Holocaust memory and commemoration. Of special interest is the struggle of both children of survivors and children of perpetrators to reckon with their parents’ past. We will evaluate the burden of responsibility for the past postulated by these texts and consider how the Holocaust has been represented in literature, film and museum exhibits. We will look at Holocaust denial, with emphasis on anti-Semitism and white supremacy movements in Canada. Finally, we will consider the politics of Holocaust memory in comparative perspectives. The course includes excerpts from films, documentaries and other video-taped material and illustrated lectures on Holocaust art.