Nalytical Essay on Thomas Blatts memoir From the Ashes of Sobibor

From the Ashes of Sobibor
Due: April 29, 2015
Length: 1,000 words

In recent years, historians have debated the role of ordinary people in the Holocaust. In particular, scholars have focused on Jewsi?? non-Jewish neighbors (here, I mean neighbors in a literal sense as well as simply non-Jewish locals). These historians have uncovered evidence that ordinary non-Jews not only assisted and rescued Jews, but also participated actively in the persecution, robbing, and murder of Jews in German-occupied territory. This scholarly and public debate has been particularly intense in Poland.

Drawing on Thomas Blatti??s memoir From the Ashes of Sobibor, discuss how and why non-Jewish neighbors acted as allies or enemies to Blatt during his struggle to survive the war?

This is an analytical essay, not a book review or summary. Make sure you formulate a thesis (you want to make an argument) and that your analysis supports it using evidence from the text. You may reference other course materials if relevant, but the focus for your analysis should be Blatti??s memoir.

Format for Essay
i?? Essays must be typed, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, numbered, and spell-checked.
i?? You must footnote using the Chicago Style.
i?? Cover page with your name, essay title, and word count.

Submission
i?? Assignments are due online through Canvas before class. Essays submitted after classes are considered one day late (5% late penalty). Late penalty is 5% per calendar day.
i?? Essays must be submitted as word or rtf documents.

Please Note:
i?? Do not use outside sources in order to complete this assignment. Your work should be based on your reading of the book and your own analysis of it.
i?? You are expected to complete this assignment independently. Collusion among students will be considered academic dishonesty and referred to Student Judicial Services.