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This course covers the period from the Nazi rise to power in Germany in 1933 to the end of World War II. The focus of the course is the Nazi murder of nearly 6 million Jews, but we will also set these events within the larger context of the mass murder of 14 million non-combatants by the Nazis...

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

In this course we will analyze how feature films from European countries and the United States have depicted the Holocaust and other genocides.  The course begins with the establishment of the iconography of the Holocaust in the documentaries about Nazi concentration and death camps.  The core...

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We know a great deal about how the Holocaust happened. There are thousands of studies of its perpetrators, its victims, and its witnesses. Over six decades after the events, we've come to understand that the Holocaust changed our world forever. Certainly in the United States, the Holocaust has...

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The Holodomor (famine/genocide) in Ukraine in 1932-1933 was a result of the collectivization policy of the Soviet government and took about four million lives. The Holodomor had a profound impact on the entire population of Ukraine. The course will analyze the reasons, mechanisms and...

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The Holodomor (famine/genocide) in Ukraine in 1932-1933 was a result of the collectivization policy of the Soviet government and took about four million lives. The Holodomor had a profound impact on the entire population of Ukraine. The course will analyze the reasons, mechanisms and...

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One question that has troubled Judaism from its very beginning to the present day is "Why does God permit suffering?" "Will the Judge of all the earth not act justly?" asks Abraham in the Book of Genesis, and from biblical times to the Holocaust and today's headlines, the question has...

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Semester: Online Summer 2020 Semester B- July 1 to August 25, 2020

Diplomats like Sousa Mendes and Sugihara, doctors, nurses, social workers, farmers, and others risked their lives to save Jews during the Shoah. Why did seemingly ordinary people risk their lives and often the lives of their families to help Jews who frequently were total strangers-while others...

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This course discusses the Warsaw Ghetto, the largest Nazi ghetto in occupied Europe, and some of the earliest attempts to record its history. In studying this Jewish population, segregated by force in the capital of occupied Poland, the course will address several key issues concerning the terms...

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During the Holocaust, assistance from gentiles often meant the difference between life and death for Jews in occupied Europe. Those who provided aid to Jews risked the possibility of imprisonment or even death. So what motivated gentiles to take such risks and rescue their Jewish neighbors and...

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

The evolution of the fields of Holocaust and Trauma Studies has been striking over the past 60 years. We will present the current knowledge with expanded insights informed by our own research. The foundation for the course will draw upon the interview-based qualitative research of the...

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

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