The Holocaust: an Introduction - Part 2
Duration 3 weeks
Weekly study 3 hours
Why join the course?
The Holocaust was an inconceivable historical event, which forever robbed Western culture of its innocence. As civilized human beings, we fail to understand how events of such horror could have taken place, and how an idea so inhumanly warped could have spread like wildfire through an entire continent, instigating the systematic annihilation of millions of Jews.
This free online course was produced jointly by Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem – the World Center for Holocaust Research. This course is the second of the two courses and covers three themes in its three weeks:
Week 1: The Final Solution
We’ll look at the cultural and mental processes that paved the way to the comprehensive and systematic mass murder of Jews in Europe – that is, the Final Solution. As part of this hard lesson we will discuss the various characteristics of the murder sites and death camps, and reveal selected aspects of the horror that occurred in them.
Week 2: Jewish and Non-Jewish Responses to the Holocaust
We will try to explore questions regarding knowledge about the application of the Final Solution, as well as a variety of responses and annihilation of victims, local populations and perpetrators.
Week 3: The End of the War
We will dedicate this lesson to the events that occurred in the last years of the Holocaust, as well as questions of memory, commemoration and future research.
We strongly recommend that you register for The Holocaust: an Introduction - Part 1 as well. Taking both parts of the course would enable you to obtain a fuller and more comprehensive knowledge about The Holocaust.
This online course is offered in an innovative, multi-level format, comprising:
- Comprehensive lectures by leading researchers from Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem.
- A wealth of voices and viewpoints presented by guest lecturers.
- Numerous documents, photos, testimonies and works of art from the time of the Holocaust.
- Novel learning experience: Crowdsourcing – involving the learners themselves in the act of collecting and shaping information, via unique, exciting online assignments.
What topics will you cover?
- Early solutions to the so-called “Jewish Problem”.
- The decision upon the “Final Solution”.
- Various killing sites and Nazi camps.
- The universe of the camps through the eyes of the victims.
- What and when was known about the murder in various parts of occupied Europe and the free world.
- How did the knowledge of the murders influence reactions by Jews and non-Jews, and what were those reactions.
- Who were the perpetrators, and how their killing operation was made possible.
- The end of the war and the drive to continue the murder operation.
- Liberation and its meaning to the victims.
- The Holocaust and its effects on, and appearances in our daily lives.
When would you like to start?
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in the Holocaust, including students, teachers, academics and policy-makers.
Who will you learn with?
Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel’s largest institution of higher learning – with over 30,000 students and more than 125 schools and departments in nine faculties.
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