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The Holocaust: Academics

Fairfield University

Academic credit for this course is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students.

Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview & Policies

Attendance at all lectures and site visits is mandatory.

Prerequisite One 100-level history course.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the studentís home university on completion of the program.

Course Description

HIST 319 (3 credits)
History of the Holocaust

The Holocaust was state sponsored mass murder, a genocide perpetrated on the Jewish people of Europe resulting in the deaths of approximately 6 million people. This course will initially focus on the period between 1933 and 1941, investigating the rise of National Socialism in Germany and the ideology and events which led to the Holocaust. Why did the Nazi Party rise to power, what conditions allowed this to develop and led to a systematic plan to exterminate the Jewish people of Europe? Factors such as the economic crisis of the 1930’s, Christian anti-Semitism and the development of eugenics and social Darwinism will be examined.

The balance of the course will look at how the advent of World War II led to the spread of this ideology beyond Germany’s borders and particular focus will be given to Central and Eastern Europe where the development of concentration camps let to the extermination of millions of European Jews. In addition to lectures, workshops and guest speakers, participants will visit relevant sites such as the House of Wannsee, Terezin and Auschwitz – Birkenau.

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