Remembering the Holocaust: EHRI Online Course in Holocaust Studies
This month 75 years ago the KZ Auschwitz was liberated. On the 27th this will be commemorated at the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau. The same date was also chosen as Holocaust Memorial Day. Many EHRI-partners will organise their own events to pay special attention to this day.
Survivors of the Holocaust to testify are dwindling in number and new generations will feel further removed from the event. Therefore it is more important than ever to keep the memory and the study of the Holocaust alive. We hope that the resources and tools that EHRI has been and still is developing will play a vital role in the future of Holocaust research, commemoration and education.
One of the main resources is the EHRI Online Course in Holocaust Studies, which provides teachers, lecturers, students, and the general public as a whole with source materials, in the original languages and in English translation, and background information in order to give them an overview on recent trends in historiography.
Since it is not possible to cover all the manifold topics encompassed by modern historical Holocaust research, EHRI developed a course that teaches by using five specific topics. Each of these topics is used to focus on a critical analysis of sources within the context of the current state and methods of Holocaust research.
The following topics related to Holocaust Studies are online:
- Ghettos under Nazi Rule (developed by Institut für Zeitgeschichte)
- The Nazi Camps and the Persecution and Murder of the Jews (developed by Yad Vashem)
- The Holocaust in Ukraine (developed by NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies)
- Persecution and Deportation in Western Europe (developed by Mémorial de la Shoah)
- The Germans and the Holocaust (developed by Institut für Zeitgeschichte)
In addition, there are three other components: Modern Diplomatics of the Holocaust (developed by Bundesarchiv; now in German, soon to be available in English as well), a detailed manual on the EHRI Portal, and a learning environment on R programming language, text analysis, spatial modelling, statistics art and visualisation.
We encourage anyone who is interested in Holocaust Studies to access this well-reviewed online course. As noted before, we appreciate your feedback and questions.
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