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WWII: Holocaust - Origins is a Course

WWII: Holocaust - Origins

Started May 30, 2022

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May 30, 2022


July 31, 2022





*Enrollment for this course ends June 30, 2022


What you'll learn:

This course, WWII: Holocaust - Origins, looks at the long-term and short term causes that created Hitler, the Nazi party, fascism, and the Holocaust. Taking a wide purview, the course juxtaposes broad post-Enlightenment trends of nationalism, imperialism, racism, and totalitarianism with the specific components of anti-Semitism, pan-Germanism, and Hitler's rise to power. The course concludes with the violent Kristallnacht pogrom of November 1938.

Learning Objectives

  1. Consider the dark side of the Enlightenment and explore how the development of modern ideologies set background for totalitarianism and genocide.
  2. Explore modern German history within the context of other European and world developments to disprove 'special path' thesis.
  3. Analyze and understand Hitler's ideological development and worldview.
  4. Compare political extremism, fascism, and rise of totalitarianism in interwar period.
  5. Track path of Nazis to political power and Hitler's consolidation of leadership and control.
  6. Analyze policies of coordination whereby Germans tolerated and accepted the Nazi party.
  7. Examine Nuremberg laws and Kristallnacht as starting points for genocide.

What you'll do:

Learners will watch video lectures, roundtable discussions, and participate in discussions.

Who this course is designed for:

Anyone interested in the history of WWII.

What you'll receive:

A certificate of completion.


For alternative payment methods, please reach out to our learner support team at 1-844-353-7856.


Meet the Instructors

Jacob Flaws, PhD

Dr. Jacob Flaws is a Lecturer in Arizona State University's Program in World War II Studies, based in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. He is also a faculty affiliate in the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies. Dr. Flaws earned his bachelor's degree at Buena Vista University, his master's degree in history at Iowa State University, and his doctorate at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His research focuses on the Holocaust, Germany, Poland, and World War II. Dr. Flaws first book manuscript conceptualizes the spatial reality of the Treblinka death camp, paying specific attention to the contemporaneous plurality of German, Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian voices to reconstruct what he calls the "zone of sensory witnessing" that defined this site of mass atrocity.

Yan Man, PhD

Yan Mann, born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine, studied history at St. Johns University, where he earned a bachelor's and master's degree. He spent a year in Moscow, Russia doing research on a Fulbright grant and received his doctorate at Arizona State University. His research revolves around the relationship between individual and collective memory of the Great Patriotic War, the Stalin cult, censorship, propaganda, and the production of the war’s first official history during Khrushchev’s thaw. He specialized in the Second World War and the Soviet Union.

Volker Benkert, Assistant Professor

Volker Benkert is an Assistant Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the impact of sudden regime change on biographies after both totalitarian regimes in 20th century Germany. He is the author Glückskinder der Einheit. Lebenswege der um 1970 in der DDR Geborenen (Berlin: CH. Links Verlag 2017). Benkert's new research project explores apologetic and redemptive narratives in recent German Film. He also serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the new Worl War ll Museum in New Orleans.

Jason Dawsey, PhD

Jason Dawsey, PhD, is a Research Historian at The Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, where he researches the service records of WWII veterans and writes their biographies for family members. A native of Columbia, Mississippi, he received his PhD in 2013 from the University of Chicago and has taught at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.