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About the Course

The Holocaust was an inconceivable historical event, which forever robbed Western culture of its innocence. As civilized human beings, we fail to understand how events of such horror could have taken place, and how an idea so inhumanly warped could have spread like wildfire through an entire continent, instigating the systematic annihilation of millions of Jews. This free online course was produced jointly by Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem – the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. The course tracks the history of the Holocaust and has two parts. "The Holocaust - An Introduction (I): Nazi Germany: Ideology, The Jews and the World" is the first of the two courses and covers the following themes in its three weeks: Week 1: From Hatred to Core Ideology We will try to delve into Nazi ideology and the special place of Jews and Judaism in it. We will also discuss how the National Socialist Party converted the German Democracy of the Weimar Republic into a totalitarian regime within a short period of time, and its meaning for Jews and non-Jewish citizens. Week 2: The World and the Jews in World War II We will try to examine the broader contexts of the Holocaust and to place it, as part of World War 2. In this meeting we will also refer to the vital Jewish world to be found under various Nazi occupations and influences. Week 3: The Isolation Abyss - the Perspective of the Individual We will try to reveal different aspects of Jewish life in the face of the badge of shame, ghettos and segregation, as well as the formation of individual, societies’ and leader’s reactions in the face of a consistent policy of dispossession and discrimination. Once you’ve completed this course, you can continue your learning with The Holocaust - An Introduction (II): The Final Solution ( This online course is offered in an innovative, multi-level format, comprising: * Comprehensive lectures by leading researchers from Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem. * A wealth of voices and viewpoints presented by guest lecturers. * Numerous documents, photos, testimonies and works of art from the time of the Holocaust. * Novel learning experience: Crowd sourcing – involving the learners themselves in the act of collecting and shaping information, via unique, exciting online assignments. REQUIREMENTS: This course is designed for anyone with an interest in the Holocaust, including students, teachers, academics and policy-makers....

Top reviews

Mar 27, 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

Jul 21, 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.

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By Minna M

Nov 19, 2016

The lectures were not too advanced to understand and held a very high standard. My only critique is that the language of the lecturers was sometimes difficult to understand, which at times caused me some confusion. I will recommend this course to others and I enjoyed taking it.

By John D

Feb 6, 2016

Very good content, but technical issues (poor closed captioning, ambiguous question on the exams, a couple of readings that were a little esoteric for an introductory course) led me to mark the course down a star.

By disha s

Apr 14, 2020

A very well organized and well conceptualised course. Readings and other study materials are great and easily accessible through this course. Applaud to all the course organizers and resource person.

By Daisy H

Mar 7, 2016

This course does a great job in explaining where the Nazi ideologies stemmed from, and what the Jews' journey entailed from when Hitler rose to power to the concentration camps.

By Varsha S

May 7, 2017

It was an amazing experience. All the resources an the course materials provided were extremely helpful in understanding the course content better. Thank you!

By Marcos M

Jul 30, 2017

Es una gran oportunidad para adentrarse en el conocimiento de este acontecimiento histórico, del cual existen muchos prejuicios e informaciones incompletas.

By Joseph S

Sep 12, 2020

The course and the teaching experience was experience was awesome. But I am not able to pay for my certificate. Kindly suggest me about what should I do.

By Anukriti G

Oct 23, 2017

I especially enjoyed the aspect of lectures which focused on the skills that are essential for a historian- primary source documents and their analysis.

By rabinder h

Jun 12, 2017

Gives depth understanding. But there has to be correlation to the current scenario otherwise sometimes history becomes boring. ! Thank you!

By Angeline F

Aug 31, 2020

I finally have the amount of knowledge I needed. But this course made me want to learn beyond what is needed, Thank you so much!

By Aurora R C

Feb 10, 2016

The course is very nice, I love it. But the teacher speaks without intonation. But the course is super great!

By Joshua C

Apr 23, 2020

I am unable to access the discussion threads. Also, whenever I open a few videos, I face some static.

By Adriel F

May 1, 2020

Truely awesome.Its good to be learning about things that you are interested in besides your studies.

By Frank T

Nov 8, 2019

A very interesting course. I learned many aspects of the Holocaust that I previously did not know.


Apr 18, 2020

The best part of this course was the History Labs-that were used to understand the Holocaust

By Harjeet S

Sep 9, 2019

Majority of the information is bias and should be re-evaluated and examined by the teacher

By Marlen T

Feb 15, 2016

If you are wanting to understand the Holocaust, this is an awesome, informative course.

By abinav n

Sep 19, 2020

it was sensational except I couldn't understand parts of what was said in the course.

By Michael v d G

May 3, 2018

Just an absolutely fascinating course. Not for the faint hearted, though.

By Cami M

Apr 10, 2016

It was okay....kind of hard to understand the teachers....

By Argelia S D R S

Jun 1, 2017

me hubiera gustado que estuviera traducido al español

By Małgorzata J

Dec 9, 2017

Very interesting course. I highly recommend it.

By Thiago A

Nov 6, 2018

Faltou uma legendas em outros idiomas.

By Bhawya D

Jan 6, 2021

nice make some more payment for india

By shivanijoshi 2

May 7, 2021

Insightfully and easy to understand