The Mutating Virus of Antisemitism from Ancient Template to Holocaust Denial

Ref: C2346805

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

The course aims to study the mutating virus of antisemitism, from ancient template shaped by Christianity to conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • The course is for anyone with an interest in the history of antisemitism and how negative stereotypes of Jews still resonate in the 21st Century world.

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
  • Explore the echoes of Genocide in the 21st Century, Holocaust distortion, denial and conspiracy theories.
  • Determine the 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?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Just an interest in the history of antisemitism, an open mind and a willingness to share ideas and life experiences.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Mutating Virus of Antisemitism from Ancient Template to Holocaust Denial

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