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Suggested: 3 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Polish, Hebrew, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

From Hatred to Core Ideology; From Democracy to a Totalitarian State; Nazi Germany and the Jews

8 videos (Total 81 min), 2 readings
8 videos
Introduction: why the Holocaust, why history, why this course?9m
Why the Jews? Traditional anti-Semitism as a central background12m
The uniqueness of Nazi anti-Semitism and its place in the NS ideology10m
1933: Gleichschaltung11m
1933-1939: Life in Nazi Germany9m
1933-1939: Jewish life in Nazi Germany10m
1938 - A Major Turning Point14m
2 readings
Saul Friedlander, Nazi Germany and the Jews10m
Wolfgang Benz, “Exclusion as a Stage in Persecution: The Jewish Situation in Germany, 1933-1941”10m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

The World and the Jews in World War II

6 videos (Total 70 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
From the Historian's Desk - Visual Documentation13m
Focus on Poland11m
Focus on France and Paris11m
A World at War and world Jewry10m
Europe and its Jews between the two world wars12m
2 readings
Judith Levin and Daniel Uziel, “Ordinary Men Extraordinary Photos – Photographs”10m
Denis Peschanski, “The Statues on Jews – October 3, 1940 and June 2, 1942”10m
1 practice exercise
Check you’ve understood what you’ve learned so far12m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

The Abyss of Isolation - the perspective of the individual

7 videos (Total 66 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Ghettoization10m
The Warsaw Ghetto10m
Isolation with no Walls10m
Leadership12m
Future Expectations and Rumors9m
The Holocaust - an introduction - Partial conclusions2m
4 readings
Instructions by Heydrich on Policy and Operations concerning Jews in the Occupied Territories, September 21, 19392m
Miron, Guy and Shlomit Shulhani, "General Introduction", The Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos During the Holocaust10m
Michael Wildt, "Generation of the Unbound: The Leadership Corps of the Reich Security Main Office"10m
What's next?10m
1 practice exercise
Check your understanding20m
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Top reviews from The Holocaust - An Introduction (I): Nazi Germany: Ideology, The Jews and the World

By DMar 28th 2016

A fascinating personal account of the atrocity while the world watched! This class is for everyone there is so much more to learn, thank you for everything you went out of you way to help, God Bless

By DAJul 22nd 2019

It is an eye-opening and humbling course. I appreciate how the content was presented through an engaging narrative. It led me to think more deeply about the Holocaust and humanity, for that matter.

Instructors

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Professor Havi Dreifuss, PhD

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Havi Dreifuss is a historian of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe; senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at TAU; heads the Center for Research of Holocaust History in Poland, Yad Vashem.
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Dr Na'ama Bela Shik, PhD

Director, Educational Technology Department, The International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem
The International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem

About Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest institution of higher learning – with over 30,000 students and more than 125 schools and departments in nine faculties. Global in outlook and impact, it is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities, as well as the top 20 institutions in terms of scientific citations. A spirit of openness and innovation is evident in all of TAU's teaching and research activities, breaking down barriers between disciplines, and boldly striving to address the twenty-first century's most pressing challenges....

About Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem, the world Holocaust remembrance center, stands resolute in its dedication to Holocaust education, remembrance, documentation and research. Located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem continues to develop advanced educational tools and utilize cutting-edge technology in order to bring its world-class research facilities, flourishing archives, groundbreaking educational initiatives and steadfast commitment to Shoah remembrance to an ever-growing global audience. ...

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