From Armenia to Auschwitz

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Course ID: Jewish Studies 40541A-OL
Division: Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies
Program: Jewish Studies (Undergraduate), Jewish Studies (Graduate), Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Location: Online

From Armenia to Auschwitz: An Examination of the First Modern Genocides

Though often studied as stand-alone events, the Armenian Genocide of World War I and the Holocaust of World War II have a fascinating and frightening relationship to each other.  By exploring the basic facts and the critical issues associated with each genocide, we will seek to determine what they have in common, how they differ, and how it came to be that 1.5 million Armenian Christians and 6 million European Jews were slaughtered less than thirty years apart.  We also will examine the treatment of the Christian Assyrians and the Christian Pontic Greeks during World War I to determine if the broader term "Christian Genocide" is a more accurate descriptor of what happened than the term "Armenian Genocide."  Out of this study will come a better understanding of the dynamics of genocide, including the rights and vulnerabilities of religious and ethnic minorities, the phenomenon of genocide denial, and the issue of uniqueness.(Modern)