The History of the Holocaust
- Study the history of the Holocaust.
- Understand and study how Nazi ideology and the events of that time led to the systematic massacre of six million Jews.
- From Hatred to Core Ideology; From Democracy to a Totalitarian State; Nazi Germany and the JewsWe will try to delve into Nazi ideology and the special place of Jews and Judaism in it. We will ask ourselves what, if anything, it renewed regarding traditional hatred of Israel and modern anti-Semitism and analyze Nazi documents to see how it reflects in them. Also, in this lesson we will discuss how the National Socialist Party succeeded in converting the German Democracy of the Weimar Republic into a totalitarian regime within a short period of time, and the significance of this process for its citizens - Jews and non-Jews alike.
- The World and the Jews in World War IIWe will try to examine the broader contexts of the Holocaust and to position it as a part of a various global conflicts that took place during World War 2. In this context, we will focus in a number of unique realities that were formed and created in Occupied Poland and France using them to identify key practices of Nazi Germany, European companies and the Jews who lived among them. We’ll look at the different fates of Jews in various European countries before and during World War 2, through the lens of the enormous changes which the Jewish world underwent in modern times: emancipation, secularization, urbanization and emigration.
- The Abyss of Isolation - the perspective of the individual.Instead of policy, state and society at large, we’ll focus on the individual, the family and the Jewish communities across Europe, using a broad range of wartime accounts: official documents, diaries, letters, artwork and more. In this context, we will try to reveal different aspects of Jewish life in the face of shame, ghettos and segregation, as well as the formation of individual, societies and leaders reactions in the face of consistent policy of dispossession and discrimination. A variety of sources will help us create a complex puzzle consists of Jewish life in those dark days. In this context, we will try to reveal different aspects of Jewish life in the face of shame, ghettos and segregation, as well as the formation of individual, societies and leaders reactions in the face of consistent policy of dispossession and discrimination. A variety of sources will help us create a complex puzzle consists of Jewish life in those dark days.
- Interim assessment (1 module)0.4 * Exam + 0.3 * Independent work (online course) + 0.3 * Seminars
- Balkan genocides : holocaust and ethnic cleansing in the twentieth century, Mojzes P., 2015
- Holocaust, genocide, and the law : a quest for justice in a post-holocaust world, Bazyler, M., 2016
- Холокост : энциклопедия, Лакер У., 2005