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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 Andrew G

Feb 9, 2016

Excellent course. Provided many insights I was not aware of in this harrowing period of history.

By Lillian T

Aug 14, 2020

Excellent course! Informative and interesting. Great presentations and I recommend this to all.

By María F O P

Jun 2, 2017

It was an excellent course, which helped me to get a better understanding about the Holocaust.

By Aldo R

May 30, 2020

Really GREAT ! Thanks so much, i learned so many things that i didnt learn at my school age.

By Alan E

May 6, 2020

Excellent course with as excellent instructor from Tel Aviv University. Going on to Part II

By Sheila T

Sep 6, 2017

Loved this class, so interesting and having so many different people to listen to was great.


Jun 30, 2019

The course provided me with information on the places I consider relevant to write my book.

By Celia M

Aug 11, 2016

An excellent, thought-provoking course - it has changed the way I think about human beings.

By Sayalee S

Jan 24, 2021

Excellent course! The teaching pace is perfect and the material is very well selected.

By Geoffrey P

Sep 8, 2018

I have learned so much from this insightful and thought provoking series. Thank you!

By Maria I R E

May 6, 2016

Great Experience!! well explained I am loving this course and I am learning a lot

By Mugdha R P

Jul 27, 2020

This Course is very informative and well taught. clear, concised and detailed.

By Antoine

Apr 29, 2020

A very well introduction for anyone who wants to start studying the holocaust.

By Allison K S

Oct 29, 2016

Well done course! The lectures are interesting and visuals are very impactful.

By Francisco F

Jul 14, 2020

sumamente interesante. me da un merco de referencia con mucha ing¿formacion.

By Lillianne R

Apr 18, 2020

I enjoyed the course. Very informative, and I would recommend it to anyone.

By Mei L F

Jan 7, 2017

Pretty amazing course that flipped my cognition towards Nazi and Holocaust!

By Elvira G

Nov 21, 2016

Excelent course, with many examples and photos and films, congratulations

By Hiran H

Apr 30, 2020

Very Informative. Usage of rare images and footage is highly appreciated.

By Thomas W S

Jan 13, 2018

Excellent class with excellent instruction. Highly recommended to all.

By Vangelis D

Sep 17, 2017

Its an excellent course. I ll follow with the second part for sure!

By Paarth J

Jul 25, 2020

Perfect course for understanding the life of Jews under Nazi rule.

By Gemma R

May 23, 2018

Essential course for everyone who is learning about the Holocaust.

By Jerónimo G O

Jun 7, 2019

Ameno, instructivo, y anima a seguir profundizando en éste tema.

By Michael L

Jul 2, 2018

Outstanding course! Deeply informative, with excellent lectures.