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Why? Explaining the Holocaust

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ClassGraphic Is the Holocaust beyond explanation? Northwestern Professor (Emeritus) Peter Hayes’ Why? Explaining the Holocaust (W.W. Norton, 2017) explores one of the most tragic events in human history by addressing eight questions most frequently asked by his Northwestern students during his 30 years of teaching: 1. Targets: Why the Jews? 2. Attackers: Why the Germans? 3. Escalation: Why Murder? 4. Annihilation: Why So Swift and Sweeping? 5. Victims: Why Didn’t More Jews Fight Back More Often? 6. Homelands: Why Did Survival Rates Diverge? 7. Onlookers: Why Such Limited Help from Outside? 8. Aftermath: What Legacies, What Lessons? We will analyze and discuss the book's eight chapters, which are a jumping off point to help explain the origins, escalation, mechanics, and effects of the Nazi genocide. We will use this heavily researched and readable work to discover common sense and persuasive explanations of the incomprehensible, while dispelling myths that have become accepted by many students of the Holocaust. Professor Hayes was a prominently featured commentator/historian in Ken Burns’ fall 2022 documentary The U.S. and the Holocaust. The co-coordinators are experienced docents at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Tue

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Michael Sirota2.Neal Goodfriend 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/7/2023 - 6/6/2023 Weekly - Tue 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Neal Goodfriend  ; Michael Sirota 
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