Skip main navigation

What is the Holocaust? From the Nazi Take-Over in 1933 until mid-1941


Before we begin to read and discuss our first poems on the Holocaust, we present, in the next two steps, two parts of a video prepared by Yad Vashem, with a short and concise historical overview of the Holocaust.

As you see in the heading, the video in this step will take us up to the German invasion of the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941.

How do you think the developments we have just seen affected the Jews of the countries invaded?

This article is from the free online

Poetry and the Holocaust

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now