Is it possible to make sense of the horror that was the Holocaust? Can this history ever be normalized or analyzed impartially, and, if so, is such objectivity desirable, given the poignant moral claims of this history and its enmeshment with politics? This advanced seminar explores these and other questions in the ongoing challenge of coming to terms with National Socialism and the Holocaust. The course is intended for history majors and advanced students in related fields who already possess a good working knowledge of German, Jewish, and/or European history. Rather than treating the Holocaust in isolation, this course will situate it within the history of Nazi Germany by making use of the latest interpretive tools and methods and an extensive collection of primary sources from this field to explore the unique set of problems Holocaust history poses and the means that historians have developed to address them. Most of the course will be devoted to the development of a research project that will culminate in a substantial research paper of 15-20 pages. The aims of the seminar are to impart a good grasp of the main outlines of the Holocaust, develop and refine the skills of historical research, and cultivate a critical awareness of the possibilities and limits of history as a tool of analysis.