Nov 2nd 2015

The Holocaust: an Introduction - Part 1 (FutureLearn)

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Part 1 of 2. This course depicts the complex history of the Holocaust, highlighting its impact on our world today.

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 Center for Holocaust Research. The course tracks the history of the Holocaust and has two parts. The Holocaust: an Introduction - Part 1 is the first of the two courses and covers the following themes in its three weeks:

Once you’ve completed this course, you can continue your learning with The Holocaust: an Introduction - Part 2.

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: Crowdsourcing – involving the learners themselves in the act of collecting and shaping information, via unique, exciting online assignments.