Jewish Life in Europe Before the Holocaust

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Course ID: Jewish Studies 30537-OL
Division: Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies
Program: Jewish Studies (Undergraduate), Jewish Studies (Graduate), Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Location: Online

We will begin by looking at Jewish life in England, France and particularly Germany in modern times, and then focus on the civilization that Jews built in Eastern Europe, a civilization from which nearly all American Jews and half of all Israeli Jews are descended, and which the Nazis devoted particular fury to destroying. We will examine traditional Jewish life-ways, Jewish-Gentile relations, and the rise of Hasidism, the Jewish Enlightenment, and the development of modern Jewish societies, political movements, and literatures. (Permission of instructor required for students who completed History 30534 and/or 30535) (Modern)