Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Holocaust in Europe: History and Memory on Location

when 25 July 2022 - 29 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 550

A reflective and active tour of several Holocaust history sites in the Netherlands and Germany.
This course includes an active three full days excursion to Holocaust commemoration centers and former camps Westerbork (in the north-east of the Netherlands) and Bergen Belsen (Germany), from Tuesday morning to Thursday evening.

Gain insight into how Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Germany are coming to terms with the legacies of the Holocaust and antisemitism. Historical research and commemoration practices are part of this course. The course will advance your knowledge of survivor testimonies, hidden histories of locations used as hiding places, the dynamics and politics of memory, as well as museum practices. Students are invited to contribute to research projects, and to present and develop their own projects. This course will get you to better understand Western Europe as an archive, a complex of locations and networks, and a site where difficult pasts remain tangible and contested.

Course leader

Dr. Dienke Hondius

Target group

This course is intended for two groups of students:

Advanced BA students interested in history, humanities, social sciences and memory of the Holocaust and World War II, and present-day debates about antisemitism and racism.
Students of education and teachers, professionals in education looking at ways to develop their teaching.

Course aim

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

Analyse and critically assess the history and legacy of the Holocaust in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Germany.
Understand the historical background of present debates about antisemitism and racism.
Have more insight in how violent histories leave difficult memories.
Are familiar with innovative research and presentation methods.
Are able to apply this knowledge to a topic of your own interest related to the course themes.

Credits info

2 EC
40 hours

Fee info

EUR 550: Tuition fee one-week course

VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner €375
Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam €500
Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam €550
Professionals €650


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers two kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship and the Photographer Scholarship. More information can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.