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Photographing the Holocaust

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Duration

3 weeks

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Delivery Method

Online

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Lifetime Access

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Accessibility

Mobile, Desktop

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Language

English

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Subtitles

English

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Level

Beginner

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Effort

5 hours per week

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Teaching Type

Self Paced

Course Description

This course was created by Nottingham academics and the UK's National Holocaust Centre and Museum. It invites you to embark on a visual journey. We will show you how photos can provide new insight into the history and horrors of National Socialism and Holocaust. Also, we will discuss the problems that result from relying solely on perpetrator gaze. Consider the secret photo archives of Nazism victims to see how history changes. How seeing the past in a new light can alter our perception of the present. Also, how to see photos of victims of violence and persecution today. You'll use historical photography to explore the history of individuals in Germany during Nazism, and the rise of Hitler. This course will examine the interaction between people's photographs and Nazi visual culture, including which aspects they accepted or rejected. Maiken Umbach (University of Nottingham's leading educator in history) will lead this course. It is also run in collaboration the Holocaust Museum. The Holocaust Museum staff will provide expert knowledge and access to the museum's fascinating exhibits. You'll be able to understand the issues of Nazi propaganda photography, and all about the people behind the camera during WW2. Course image: Stroop Report Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, National Archives and Records Administration. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

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What You Will Learn

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Apply historical knowledge to contemporary political challenges

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Assess photography as a source of information and tackle visual bias

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Compare photography by perpetrators and victims of violence and persecution

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Evaluate visual and written sources about National Socialism

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Explore the role of different media, including texts, images, art and immersive technologies in Holocaust commemoration and learning

Target Students

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Anyone interested in modern European history, National Socialism, the Holocaust, and those who are keen enhance their media literacy in contemporary contexts

Course Instructors

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Maiken Umbach

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A lead educator on this course, I am Professor of modern history at Nottingham, and specialize on history and photography, and the legacies of National Socialism and genocide.
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Claudia Linda Reese

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I am Senior Researcher at the National Holocaust Museum and create exhibitions and educational programmes to commemorate the Holocaust and address Antisemitism. Here, I am one of the lead educators.

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