Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds On the 15th of April, 1945, the British army liberated the German concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. The soldiers were horrified by what they saw, 60,000 barely alive prisoners in an ongoing process of dying. Among them was Miriam Akavia, a young Jewish girl originally from the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland. During the Holocaust, her brother was killed by the Gestapo, her father murdered in Mauthausen, and her beloved mother, exhausted and starved, died days before liberation. Miriam, weighing only 25 kilograms, already saw herself as a sure candidate for death. Years later she recalled, “They came too late, since it was too late to save anyone. The whole world was lost and destroyed.
Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds The whole world that was worthy of being called a world was gone.” Miriam didn’t feel sorry for herself, but for them, the liberators. She felt that the world missed a chance. Why is the Holocaust such a watershed of humanity, and what is its continuous impact on our world? I’m Professor Havi Dreifuss of Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem, and I would like to invite you to our course, the Holocaust, an introduction. In this course, you will meet leading experts in the field who will expose you, step by step, to the ideology and developments which led to the systematic mass murder of six million Jews, mothers, fathers, children, human beings.
Skip to 1 minute and 49 seconds Come and join us in this eye-opening voyage to one of the darkest moments of human history, the Holocaust.