The Holocaust

Ref: C2345514

The course will provide a timeline of destruction and will also examine a number of key documents which throw light upon the motives behind the Holocaust and on the methods employed. It will look also at the extent to which national and political groups other than the Germans collaberated in these activities. Of particular importance will be a discussion of the Wannsee meeting in January 1942. An additional aspect will be a discussion of the ways in which there was an active Jewish Resistance in the ghettos created by the Germans as well as in the Extermination Camps themselves.

Course aim

To understand the factors which gave rise to the murder of six million Jews in Europe, and the extent to which these factors were to be found in many European countries in the twentieth century, setting the Holocaust into its historical context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • No special skills will be required, and all the materials will be in English. A list of suitable books will be provided.

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

  • Understand how deeply rooted antisemitism was in Germany and Eastern Europe before the second World War.
  • Appreciate why many survivors felt themselves unable to return to their former homes after the end of the war.
  • Read the memoirs of the survivors and understand their reactions.
  • Put into context those satellite governments which tried to prevent the deportation of their Jewish nationals and those which willingly collaborated.
  • Understand how important the concept of 'The Righteous Gentile' was for all involved.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Nothing else is necessary for this course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Holocaust


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