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Chosen Issues in Holocaust History

Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center via Coursera

Overview

The Holocaust - what do we know about it and what more can we learn? This course provides a broad and in-depth look at central topics relating to the history of the Holocaust. It examines the events and processes that took place during these earth-shattering years through new and thought-provoking perspectives.

Syllabus

  • Nazi Germany: 1933-1939
    • In this chapter, the first of the course, we will learn together with Professor Guy Meron about Nazi Germany between 1933-1939. The chapter begins with an overview of the state of European Jewry during the interwar years. It will explore the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi regime to power, as well as the implementation of anti-Jewish policies until the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
  • The Outbreak of World War II and Anti-Jewish Policies, 1939-1941
    • Under the direction of Professor Dan Michman, this chapter will focus on Nazi Germany's anti-Jewish policies, from the outbreak of the war until 1941. We will identify different regime patterns in countries under German occupation and their anti-Jewish policies. We will also learn about the so-called "Jewish Council" (Judenrat), the establishment of ghettos and the lives of Jews within and outside of them during the Holocaust.
  • The Formulation and Implementation of the "Final Solution", 1941-1945
    • Together with Dr David Silberklang, in this chapter, we will discuss the formulation and implementation of the "Final Solution". Dr Silberklang will explain different historiographical approaches to the development of the "Final Solution", will discuss Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the mass murders. We will also explore the establishment of the death camps, as well as the life of prisoners in the various camps.
  • The Image of "the Jew" in Nazi Antisemitism - Visuals and Typology
    • In this chapter, Dr Robert Rosett will describe the development of antisemitism throughout the ages and the evolution of the image of the Jewish figure within it. We will explore modern, political and racial antisemitism in the 19th century, as well as Nazi ideology.
  • Key Stages in the History of World War II and The Deportations
    • Two main subjects are raised in Dr Joel Zisenwine lectures found in this chapter: The key stages in the history of world war II and the deportation of Jews to camps during the Holocaust.
  • The World After the Holocaust: Trauma, Memory and Culture
    • The issues discussed in this chapter are taken from Yad Vashem's learning center "Reflections After the Holocaust" , situated in the museum complex. The speakers include historian Prof. Omar Bartov, author David Grossman and Father Emile Shoufani and Holocaust survivor and journalist Roman Frister. The chapter consists of three sub-chapters, each containing one video lecture. Alongside them, you will find testimonies, original documents, discussion prompts, and primary and secondary sources.

Taught by

Dr. Olga Ungar and Yafit Fried

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