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Propaganda, oppression, and assault evolved over time in Germany but, once perfected, was quickly enacted in countries subsequently conquered by the Nazis. Each country and its population, however, had different responses and interactions with Nazi rule depending on a range of factors. This...

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Semester: Online Fall 2020 Semester B- October 28 to December 22, 2020

This course explores a difficult, complex and emotionally charged subject: the American response to the Holocaust. While most historians agree that the nation’s response was inadequate, and that a more forceful and effective rescue policy might have saved many lives, they disagree about what was...

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This course focuses primarily on American Anti-Semitism since World War II, responses to it and  the impact of growing anti-Jewish violence both on Jewish identity and Judaism in the United States. Special consideration will be given to understanding Anti-Semitism in the wider history of...

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The course will examine the causes, historical developments, and impact of the genocides, including the Holocaust in the Balkans, during the twentieth century. The focus will be the two Balkan Wars of 1912/13, the little known aspects of the Holocaust, the multiple genocides in Southeastern...

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This is an introduction to the unique civilization that Jews built in the lands of Eastern Europe, a civilization from which nearly all American and European Jews and half of all Israeli Jews are descended, and which the Nazis devoted particular fury to destroying. The course will begin with the...

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All children of Nazi-occupied Europe, from those raised to fulfill the Aryan ideal to those targeted for destruction, were deeply impacted by Nazi ideology, the horrors of war, and genocidal goals. For students seeking to broaden their knowledge of Holocaust history and educators seeking age-...

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The Polish-Jewish scholar Raphael Lemkin coined the term "genocide" in 1944. This class will explore the meaning of this term and specific instances of genocides throughout history in an effort to understand how and why genocides occur. Our focal point is the Holocaust, the mass murder of...

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F

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.  Assuming students are already familiar with the basic facts and issues associated with the Holocaust, this study will...

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Semester: Online Summer 2020 Semester A- May 6 to June 30, 2020

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Gender and genocide is an area of study critical to a more nuanced understanding of the different motivations and genocidal tools of perpetrators and the wide ranging experiences of victims. Specifically emphasized is the examination of the roles of women as victims, witnesses, survivors, and...

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This course seeks to thematically examine genocide in the 20th century. It explores how the perpetration of and the experience of genocide can be better understood when using gender as a tool of analysis. This course touches on the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, and the genocides that...

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Semester: Online Fall 2020 Semester A- August 26 to October 20, 2020

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