The Mutating Virus of Antisemitism from Ancient Template to Holocaust Denial

Ref: C2342549

The course will explore the origins, development and implementation of antisemitism from the birth of Christianity to the Final Solution.The negative depiction of the Jews built into European culture and the transmission and dissemination of hateful stereotypes of " the Jew" across the centuries will be examined using examples drawn from the frequent explosion of anti-Jewish violence to help understand why Jews in Europe were persecuted. The catalysts of 19th Century antisemitism that Hitler was able to exploit will be studied leading to the emergence of Nazi ideology, the creation of the racial state and genocide against the Jews. Finally, more recent examples of Holocaust Denial and antisemitism in the Labour party in Britain will be considered in the light of current political developments.

Course aim

To course aims to study the mutating virus of antisemitism from ancient template to contemporary Holocaust Denial and antisemitism accusations within the Labour Party.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the early seeds of antisemitism sown during the origins and spread of Christianity
  • Explain the reasons why Jews were persecuted throughout history and the frequent explosions of anti-Jewish violence
  • Account for the rise of the Nazi racial state, the extent of collaboration and analyse the inevitability of the Final solution
  • Discuss the legacy of Genocide and antisemitism in the 21st Century, Holocaust denial and conclusions that can be drawn from the way in which the world responded to the persecution and mass murder of the Jews

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Mutating Virus of Antisemitism from Ancient Template to Holocaust Denial

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