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Rescue and Rescuers during the Holocaust, June 2024

Ended Jun 17, 2024
4 credits

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Full course description

Rescue during the Holocaust was not the norm, but it is an important topic for students to examine as a way to illuminate the rare bright spots amidst the overwhelming darkness of this historical tragedy. Use this course to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the types of rescue that occurred in Nazi-occupied Europe and to consider the moral and ethical choices that non-Jews made in order to help Jews survive.


Course Details:

  • Course begins June 3, 2024 at 7am ET and concludes on June 17, 2024 at 11:59pm ET.  About 4 hours to complete – at no cost.
  • Proceed at your own pace, be supported by an instructor, and enjoy interaction with other educators.
  • Complete all activities for a 4-hour certificate
  • Graduate credit available through the University of the Pacific. Please visit their site for more information. 

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Explore a sound pedagogy for planning and implementing Holocaust education in the classroom.
  • Identify forms of assistance provided to Jews by non-Jews during the Holocaust, including the Kindertransport.
  • Examine the role and impact of antisemitism on rescue efforts.
  • Discuss how the Kindertransport and other avenues of rescue were considered a “choiceless choice” for Jews.
  • Explore how rescuers are both extraordinary and ordinary as well as the impact studying the choices of rescuers during the Holocaust can have on our choices today.
  • Explore various resources and tools to support your teaching of the complex ideas of rescue and support in the context of the Holocaust.