From Emancipation to Destruction: European Jewry 1648-1948

Ref: C2341778

Jews in the medieval world were generally regarded as outcasts confined in narrow ghettos, but the impact of modernity raised the issues of whether they could be integrated into modern society. Unfortunately, jealousies and the fear of competition resulted in increased discrimination and the rise of increasingly violent reactions, culminating on the one hand in the destruction of European Jewry and on the other in the rise of a separatist national movement.

Course aim

To examine how what has been described as 'the longest hatred' exploded into a programme of extermination

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • demonstrate understanding of the bases for antisemitism
  • demonstrate understanding of life in the ghetto and how someone could escape from it
  • discuss the impact of the movement of Eastern European Jews into the outside world
  • assess the 'effectiveness' of the Nazi programme of genocide
  • discuss the position of Jews in the current world

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Writing materials and a notebook

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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From Emancipation to Destruction: European Jewry 1648-1948

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