Netherlands, Utrecht

Holocaust and Genocide in Modern Europe

when 30 July 2012 - 10 August 2012
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 865

This course will examine how Holocaust and other genocides affected European society. Which political, economic and social circumstances led to these crimes against humanity in modern Europe? How can we explain the recurrence of war-related violence in a globalized society? How did European societies deal with the genocidal practices of the twentieth century?
The Netherlands offers a suitable starting point to address these historical and moral questions. Anne Frank, who lived in hiding in Amsterdam before she was deported and killed, has given a face to the many holocaust victims in Europe. The high number of holocaust victims in a country known of its tolerance and assimilation has been called one of the paradoxes of Dutch history. The Netherlands is also closely associated with international law, as The Hague became the seat both of the Peace Palace and the International Criminal Court, which serves as a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, war crimes and other crimes against humanity. The Netherlands has been confronted with the issues of ethnic cleansing and genocide when Dutch United Nations peacekeepers were unable to defend the “safe area” of Srebrenica during the Yugoslav Wars, which lead to the massacre of thousands of civilians.
Students will explore the many questions around the holocaust, genocide, and their long-term effects on society during lectures and seminar groups. The course will also include a number of excursions to the Anne Frank House and the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam, and to the site of the Westerbork concentration camp.

Course leader

Dr. Jaap Verheul

Target group

The course has a focus on the humanities and in offering this as a broad framework it is a challenging course for students from all fields of studies with an interest in history.

Course aim

Providing students with insight in the history of Holocaust and genocide in twentieth century Europe.

Credits info

3 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 865: Certificate of Attendance


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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